Secretary of State of the United States, Anthony Blinken said Saturday that the November elections in Nicaragua had “lost all credibility” due to the “authoritarian” maneuvers of President Daniel Ortega. Eliminate key opponents from elections.
Nicaragua’s Electoral Court disqualified the Freedom Party for Right – wing citizens on Friday, Leads the opposition coalition against Ortega’s re-election Increase in political repression in Central American country. The Supreme Electoral Council also revoked CXL’s legal representative, Kitty Montreux, and a US-Nicaraguan national identity card in the name of Carmella Maria Rogers Ambern, known locally.
“It simply came to our notice then The regime’s latest anti-democratic and dictatorial measures – driven by Ordega’s fear of electoral defeat – are the final blow against Nicaragua’s chances. Hold free and fair elections later this year, “said Blingen, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau.
“That election process, including its final results, Has lost all credibility “, He insisted.
Nicaraguan Electoral Court Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections on November 7., According to the court order.
The head of US diplomacy expected it Will continue to work with other democracies to “respond diplomatically and economically to these awful events”He felt that “the Nicaraguan people are further losing their representative government and their desire for economic prosperity.”
According to the Secretary of State, the “Murillo-Ortega regime” has undermined its international obligations, including the US-American democratic charter and the rights of its people to “freely choose their leaders.”
Critics blame the government Try to prevent any significant opposition from running for office.
Ortega, who has been in power since 2007, a With his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, for the fourth consecutive time as a partner again.
At least Thirty-one opposition figures, including seven potential presidential candidates, have been detained by authorities in the past two months.
They have been charged Treason and threatening the sovereignty of the country, Under a law passed in December, condemned it as a means of eliminating Ortega’s enemies.
“The decision of President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo was made on August 6, Banning the last real opposition party from participating in the November election shows a willingness to stay in power at all costsBlingen said.
Also Friday The United States has announced visa restrictions affecting 50 relatives of Sandinista legislators As well as Nicaraguan lawyers and judges, it is said to have helped prevent free elections in November.
Already on July 12, The State Department has banned 100 members of the Nicaraguan National Assembly (parliament) from entering the country, As well as Nicaraguan lawyers and judges, “to facilitate the regime’s attacks on democracy and human rights”.
With information from AFP and EFE
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