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Ortega continues to clear his path to reelection and detains another opposition candidate


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The candidate for the presidency of Nicaragua, Arturo Cruz, was arrested this Saturday after landing at the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, in Managua, after touring the United States. According to a statement issued by the Nicaraguan Prosecutor’s Office, Cruz was arrested for “having strong indications that he has violated Nicaraguan society and the rights of the people, in accordance with Law No. 1055,” he says. Said law, baptized as ‘Law of defense of the people to independence, sovereignty and self-determination for peace‘, was approved last December by the Ortega government in order to prevent opposition candidates from standing in the elections on November 7. According to the text, said law “prohibits Nicaraguans who lead or finance a coup d’etat, alter the constitutional order, incite foreign interference and promote terrorist acts from running for popularly elected positions.”

With it, the Sandinista leader raised a political concept to the rank of law: “The traders who denounce the repression in the country at the international level,” the Nicaraguan political scientist and journalist explained to ABC, Edgardo Pinell. According to this law, those who promote protests or ask for international sanctions against the Sandinista regime will be considered “coup plotters,” which would close the door for them to stand in the elections. “I myself in making these statements could be considered an unpatriotic,” Pinell pointed out then. This rule is intended to discredit potential opposition candidates. “It is a law that inhibits, that closes competition, and that dynamites one of the pillars for free, fair and transparent elections,” stressed the political scientist.

According to the ‘100% news’ media, the police accuse Cruz, a pre-candidate for the platform Citizens for Freedom Alliance, (ACxL), of allegedly organizing, with financing from “foreign powers”, “acts of terrorism and destabilization.” Cruz would be the first opponent to which this law approved in December applies.

This is the second arrest carried out by the Nicaraguan regime of candidates for the Presidency of Nicaragua, for which Ortega is running for the third consecutive reelection. Last Thursday the home of the candidate Cristiana Chamorro was searched, who has been under house arrest since that day accused in an investigation for alleged money laundering through the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation (FVBCH). Accusation by which the candidate, the best placed rival according to the polls to face Ortega, has been disqualified.

This disqualification could not be the only one, since several of the candidates, who participated in the 2018 protests -some, such as Miguel Mora-, they could follow the same fate, or they could be excluded by the very formations by which they appear under pressure from the regime, under the threat of outlawing them as happened three weeks ago with the PRD and the PC.

Complaints from the international community

Cruz’s arrest comes 24 hours after the US demanded the “immediate release” of Chamorro, and denounced the irregularities of the electoral process: “Mrs. Chamorro’s arrest comes amid relentless attacks against presidential candidates who they are in favor of democracy and independent media. The Ortega regime has pledged to ban Chamorro’s participation in the November elections and, in May, unfoundedly canceled the legal status of two opposition political parties. Instead of implementing electoral reforms before the May deadline established by the Organization of American States, President Ortega instituted more restrictions and reduced electoral transparency, “the president said in a statement. State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Some complaints have also been added by the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union and also Spain, through a quite lukewarm statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that expressed its “concern” over the detention and disqualification of Chamorro.

This Saturday, the international community once again raised its voice denouncing what is happening in Nicaragua, which is on the way to perpetuating a dictatorship after Daniel Ortega and his vice president have perverted, in their favor, the instruments of democracy.

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