The United States considers the electoral process in Nicaragua lost all credibility

United States considers that the electoral process in Nicaragua lost all credibility

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, considered that the “authoritarian and undemocratic” actions of President Daniel Ortega are driven by his fear of an electoral defeat, which is why he seeks that the elections are not held in a climate of freedom and justice.

The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, denounced the “authoritarian” maneuvers of the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, by banning opposition parties and detaining candidates and lamented “the lack of prospects for free and fair elections” in the Central American country.

“The decision of the President, Daniel Ortega, and Vice President, Rosario Murillo, on August 6, to ban the last genuine opposition party from participating in the November elections underscores their desire to remain in power at all costs,” Blinken said in a statement released by the US agency.

In addition, the State Department revealed “the arrest of seven presidential candidates and 24 other opposition figures, human rights activists, business leaders, students and NGO workers” over the last two months.

For Blinken, these “authoritarian and undemocratic” actions are driven by “Ortega’s fear of electoral defeat,” which is why the Nicaraguan president would be seeking that the elections are not held in a climate of freedom and justice. “That electoral process, including its eventual results, has lost all credibility,” he said.

“The Ortega-Murillo regime has undermined its international commitments, including those of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, as well as the rights of the Nicaraguan people to freely elect their own leaders,” Blinken said.

Finally, the US State Department advocates continuing to work in “close collaboration” with other international democracies to respond “diplomatically and economically to these disastrous events.”

This Friday the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) of Nicaragua expelled from the electoral process the opposition Alianza Ciudadanos por la Libertad (CxL), from which it withdrew its legal personality three months before the general elections.

In this sense, he said that the alliance has had “behaviors outside the legal technical conditions and regulations for this class of political organizations, reported the local media La Prensa.

The CSE specifically targeted alleged “repeated manifestations that undermine independence, sovereignty and self-determination,” which is why, it asserted, its legal personality was withdrawn.

CxL became the third party to be annulled in the electoral process of the elections on September 7, in which the current president, Daniel Ortega, seeks to be re-elected.

In addition, last week the authorities arrested the alliance’s candidate for vice president, Berenice Quezada, who was running with the former commander of the Nicaraguan Resistance Óscar Sobalvarro, a candidate for president.

More than 30 independent politicians and journalists have been detained in Ortega’s latest wave of repression, including several presidential candidates such as Cristiana Chamorro, Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, Miguel Mora and Medardo Mairena.