Designation: Vice President
Rosario María Murillo Zambrana (22 June 1951) is a Nicaraguan politician who has been the first lady and vice president of Nicaragua since January 2017.
Rosario Murillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua. She went to the Greenway Convent Collegiate School in Tiverton, Great Britain, and pursued art at the Institut Anglo-Suisse Le Manoir at La Neuveville in Switzerland. She also holds certificates in the English and French languages, granted respectively by the University of Cambridge in Great Britain. During 1967 to 1969, she later became a language professor at the Instituto de Ciencias Comerciales and the Colegio Teresiano.
In the early 1970s, Murillo worked for La Prensa as a secretary to Pedro Joaquin Chamorro and Pablo Antonio Cuadra, two of Nicaragua’s leading political and literary figures. She later moved to Costa Rica and dedicated herself entirely to her political work with the FSLN.
Murillo started gaining political power in 1998 after defending Ortega, her husband, after his stepdaughter accused him, Zoilamérica Narváez Murrillo, of sexually abusing her for many years.
After three successful election bids, Murillo helped rebrand Ortega, later elected president in 2006 and re-elected in 2011. According to Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman, she ran as Ortega’s vice-presidential candidate and was widely seen as the power behind the presidency.
Murillo speaks English, Spanish, Italian and French; she also reads German.
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