Saturday, November 27

The OAS condemns the elections in Nicaragua

Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua

The General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) predictably condemned the elections in Nicaragua that enabled a new and controversial reelection of Daniel Ortega, in power since 2007. The former guerrilla commander turned autocrat was reelected with 75% of the votes. But that victory, the OAS stressed during its meeting, lacks “democratic legitimacy“, among other things because the contest was held with the main competitors behind bars. By virtue of the resolution, the Permanent Council of the OAS must analyze before the end of this month the”appropriate actions“to address the situation.

The roadmap was approved by El Salvador, the United States, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, the Venezuelan delegates of Juan Guaidó, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas , Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and, for the first time, Peru and Argentina. Honduras, Mexico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Belize, Bolivia and Dominica abstained.

Only Nicaragua voted against. As expected, his representation before the continental forum opposed the terms of a resolution. In this regard, he remarked that 65% of the population able to vote participated in the elections that, according to Urnas Abiertas, had a abstention of more than 80%.

In this way, the OAS joins the critical remarks made by the EU a few hours after the polls were opened in the Central American country. In a similar tone it was pointed out that the elections “they were not free, fair or transparent“because Nicaraguan institutions” have been seriously undermined “by the government made up of Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo. In turn, the government demanded the release of 150 political prisoners, part of them in jail since the social outbreak of 2018 .

Discussions on the left

The Nicaraguan situation begins to cause fissures in the Latin American left. A few days after the first round in Chile, the young deputy Gabriel Boric, who appears in the polls as one of the candidates who will go to the second round, in mid-December, sharply polemicized with the Communist Party, his ally in the race, for supporting Ortega. “The Nicaraguan people went to the polls en masse to democratically elect their authorities and they have done so in peace, in accordance with their institutions and laws in force,” the communists maintained.

Boric, an emerging New Left that has grown stronger in the heat of the protests in late 2019, responded in harsh terms. “I invite the PC to retract its position“He claimed this Friday.” In our government, the commitment to democracy and human rights will be total, without support of any kind for dictatorships and autocracies, whoever bothers. Nicaragua needs democracy, not fraudulent elections or persecution of opponents, “Boric remarked. It is not the first time that the standard-bearer of the Broad Front has attacked Ortega. But this time, the tone of the response counted on the support of some communists, such as the Deputy Camila Vallejo. Her party’s statement, she said, “was not discussed or resolved by the collective leadership.” And she added: “We condemn human rights violations in Nicaragua, Chile and anywhere in the world. Gabriel Boric will be our president and he will be the one who defines the foreign policy of the Government of Approve Dignity. ”

The controversy was also felt in Brazil after the Workers’ Party (PT) celebrated the presidential re-election in Nicaragua. The same has happened in the middle of the Argentine left.

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