Nicaragua is increasingly isolated by its autocratic drift, distancing itself even from leftist governments in Latin America that could be a priori close, such as those of Mexico Y Argentina. The regime that runs Daniel Ortega He called his inquiries on Monday ambassadors in Buenos Aires and Mexico City, as well as those assigned to Colombia Y Costa Rica, after all of them criticized the wave of arrests of opponents and rivals of the president in the November 7 elections.
«The government has called for consultations with ambassadors to Argentina, Orlando Gómez; Colombia, Yara Pérez; Mexico, Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, and Costa Rica, Duilio Hernández, in reciprocity (…) to similar calls from the aforementioned governments, “states a letter read by the vice president of Nicaragua and first lady, Rosario Murillo, according to Afp
Argentina and Mexico withdrew their ambassadors from Managua in mid-June, Costa Rica froze the appointment of their representative and Colombia did the same last month amid a wave of arrests of Ortega opponents, including seven presidential hopefuls.
Murillo criticized “the constant and undeserved accusations, disrespectful, interfering, intrusive and interventionist in our internal affairs, on the part of the highest authorities of each of these countries” on issues that concern the people and the government of Nicaragua.
Nicaragua expressed its “categorical” rejection of what it called a “caricatural imitation” of those who “have assumed functions that no one has given them.”
At least 32 opposition leaders have been detained since June, mostly for treason, under laws passed by the ruling-dominated Congress. The ex-diplomat Mauricio Diaz, is the last one arrested this Monday.
Ortega, a 75-year-old ex-guerrilla, has been in power since 2007 after two successive re-elections. For this he had to modify the laws that prevented him from perpetuating himself in the position.
At the head of Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN), the president aspires to settle in power for five more years together with Murillo, 70, who has been with him in the vice presidency since 2017.
The European Union (EU) has sanctioned with migratory and financial restrictions Murillo, his son Juan Carlos and six other government officials for their responsibility in the “serious human rights violations” in Nicaragua.
The measure is added to others taken by United States Y Canada against officials of the Ortega government, in protest of the repression that it has maintained against its opponents since the outbreak of the anti-government demonstrations in 2018.
One of the last measures of Sandinismo was the disqualification of the main opposition bloc, led by the party Citizens for Freedom (CXL right), who had managed to register a candidate to face Ortega.
This action provoked new reactions and international condemnations regarding the credibility of the elections.
The head of EU diplomacy, Josep BorrellIn a statement, he considered that “Ortega wants to win the elections without competition.”
“The decision, implemented by the Supreme Electoral Council on August 6, to strip the last political party of the opposition that remained before the general elections of November of legal personality, destroys the prospects for a legitimate and credible electoral process,” he said. .
The EU considers that “the opposition has been eliminated” and that Nicaraguans are being deprived of the right to vote “in credible, inclusive and transparent elections,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Spain regretted the inhibition of CXL and urged Managua to equip itself with an independent, impartial electoral authority and not controlled by the ruling party after considering that “only a credible electoral process” can offer a way out of the social and political crisis. and economic that Nicaragua lives.
USA: “They have lost all credibility”
The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blink, said on Saturday that the November elections in Nicaragua have “lost all credibility” due to Ortega’s “autocratic” maneuvers.
After the inhibition of the CxL, the opposition bloc called the National Coalition, made up of parties and civil society organizations, tried this Monday to regroup to “establish a clear position” before the international community and “ignore the electoral process.”
However, they cannot compete because they are not legally recognized, which prevented them from presenting candidates.
Although they accept that the elections are the way to resolve the crisis in the country, “we do not support or promote citizen participation in the electoral farce that will only result in the perpetuation of Ortega and Murillo in power,” they said in a statement read in a virtual conference.
The leader of the Coalition, Louis fley, in exile, stated that it is time to lay down personal positions and called for unity to the parties that do not belong to that bloc to “put Nicaragua first and think that in this country there will be no life for anyone if Ortega takes a position in power ”on November 7.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism