- The Organization of American States decided to criticize the election and the country’s persistent human rights violations on Friday.
On Monday, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom announced coordinated charges on Nicaraguan officials in response to allegations that President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, manipulated the presidential election last week.
On November 7, Ortega was re-elected to a fourth term in government. Still, the election was widely criticized as a sham because of repressive measures implemented in the previous year that resulted in the detention of opposition figures and barred political parties from participating.
Since May, 39 opposition individuals, including seven possible presidential candidates, opposition members, journalists, and students, have been unfairly imprisoned, according to the Biden administration.
In a statement, Andrea Gacki, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said, “The Ortega regime is utilizing laws and institutions to arrest members of the political opposition and deny Nicaraguans the opportunity to vote.”
The Public Ministry of Nicaragua, which is the federal public prosecutor’s office, has been confirmed by the United States for its role in unfairly arresting and investigating presidential candidates and nine government officials who are significant allies of the Ortega regime. In 2018, several were also charged with violence against demonstrators.
International leaders have continued to condemn the election in the Central American country, prompting the imposition of penalties. The European Union claimed on November 8 that the previous day’s elections “completed Nicaragua’s turn to an authoritarian administration.”
President Joe Biden of the United States criticized the election on November 7 as a “pantomime that was neither free nor fair also most certainly not democratic.” He passed a bill into law a few days later that expanded the penalties imposed on the dictatorship.
Source: UPI News
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