Saturday, December 4

Biden signs new sanctions against Nicaragua to pressure Ortega


Washington toughen personal sanctions against officials and front men after the electoral parody of the Sandinista regime

Daniel Ortega, with his wife, Rosario Murillo, in Managua.
Daniel Ortega, with his wife, Rosario Murillo, in Managua.AFP
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The United States has moved a tab after the self-coronation of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, so much he rides, he rides so much. President Joe Biden signed this Wednesday the so-called Renacer Law (Strengthening of Nicaragua’s Adherence to the Conditions for Electoral Reform), a legislative tool agreed by the Democratic Party and the Republican Party to toughen sanctions against officials and front men of the Sandinista regime and to suppress international aid to the presidential couple.

In the spotlight are “new and existing loans or technical or financial assistance provided” by international organizations such as the IMF, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI). The American administration is even willing to review Nicaragua’s participation in the Free Trade Agreement between the US, Central America and the Dominican Republic (DR-Cafta).

Despite the alliance with Venezuela, Cuba and Russia, The United States remains the main trading partner from Managua, which sends 62% of its exports to the “Northern Empire” and receives 30% of its imports from there.

The pressure will continue not only against Ortega, Murillo and their eight children, some already sanctioned, but also against ministers, soldiers, policemen, magistrates of the Superior Electoral Council (CSE) and Sandinista militants who have participated in the electoral “pantomime”, as defined by Biden himself. The US “encourage” the European Union, European countries and the region to punish those already mentioned and those who violate human rights.

Washington has been at the head of the nations since Sunday that have shown their rejection of the electoral parody mounted by the revolutionary leader, who self-awarded the 75% of the votes on an election day marked by a very high abstention. The civil organization Urnas Abiertas verified how participation did not even reach 20% of the electoral census, artificially stretched up to 65% by the Superior Electoral Council (CSE). In addition, other experts confirmed to the ‘Confidencial’ portal, directed by Carlos Fernando Chamorro, that at least one million ballots were illegally added for the candidacy of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN). Coincidentally, the same number of votes that Chavismo put into the polls to clean up the poor result of the elections to the National Constituent Assembly in 2017.

“The Renacer Law will prevent the regime from continuing to maneuver with impunity. It will establish an economic siege to the regime’s operators to control the channels through which the front men have laundered money. Establish permanent lines of investigation regarding the violation of freedom of expression and certain covert operations in collaboration with Russia, “Alexa Zamora, leader of the opposition Blue and White National Unit, told EL MUNDO.

The backing in the House of Representatives of both parties advanced the law last week with 387 votes in favor and 35 against. Among the latter, several members of the left wing of the Democratic Party stand out, such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) and Rashida Tlaib, but also two Donald Trump supporters. This stance, based on an alleged non-interference in the affairs of other countries, provoked a barrage of criticism among activists against the three dictatorships of the continent.

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