Aminta Granera

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Aminta Granera Sacasa
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Aminta Granera in 2013
Director General of the National Police of Nicaragua
In office
September 5, 2006 – April 27, 2018
Preceded by Edwin Cordero Ardila
Appointed by Enrique Bolaños
Appointed by José Daniel Ortega Saavedra
Personal details
Born León, Nicaragua

Aminta Granera Sacasa (born 18 September 1952) is a former Sandinista revolutionary and the former Director General of the National Police of Nicaragua. She was the chief of the National Police from September 5, 2006 until April 27, 2018.[1]

Early life[edit]

Aminta Granera Sacasa was born 18 September 1952 in León, Nicaragua. After studies at Georgetown University in the United States, Granera decided to become a nun and began her novitiate with the Sisters of the Assumption in Guatemala City.[1]


Grenera left her religious training in 1976 to join the Sandinista uprising against dictator Anastasio Somoza.[1] As a revolutionary, she was part of a Christian urban insurrection group. After the successful overthrow of Somoza in 1979, she joined the Ministry of the Interior (Mint) under FLSN comandante Tomás Borge.[2] When the Sandinista administration ended in 1990, she joined the new National Police, which aimed to professionalize the police force, removing it from partisan politics.[2] She helped to set up special units to combat violence against women and crime against children. She also worked to fight police corruption.

In 2006, she was appointed as the national chief of police by conservative president Enrique Bolaños,[2] starting her tenure by replacing several high-ranking police officers. She enjoyed broad national popularity, with approval ratings above 80% (83% in 2013).[2][1] In 2011, she was appointed to a second term by president Daniel Ortega. During her tenure, she worked to increase the number of women serving in the police force, with the goal of reaching 50 percent.[1][3][4][5] However, the police under her tenure also drew allegations of human rights violations and repression of Ortega's critics.[2]

Grenera resigned as chief of National Police on April 28, 2018, in the face of mass protests across Nicaragua, dozens of deaths and widespread criticism of the police response.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Granera is married to economist Oswaldo Gutiérrez, with whom she has three children.[1] The first was born during the revolutionary war, and after leaving the child with her mother, she returned to the front. She is also the grandmother of Ariel Barrios .[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Los "pecados" de Granera". La Prensa. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Salinas, Carlos (2018-04-28). "Dimite la jefa de la Policía de Nicaragua". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 2018-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Sacudida en la Policía". El Nuevo Diario. 30 September 2006. Archived from the original on January 11, 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (30 September 2008). "100 Commitments for gender equality and empowerment of women" (PDF). Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Nicaragua's Aminta Granera: She battles drug gangs, wins hearts". The Seattle Times. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2015.