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The Ortega regime blocks the opposition candidacy of Cristiana Chamorro | International

Cristiana Chamorro, former director of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation and a candidate for the presidency, gives a press conference in Managua on May 31, 2021.
Cristiana Chamorro, former director of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation and a candidate for the presidency, gives a press conference in Managua on May 31, 2021.YOU OCON / AFP

Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo have blocked the presidential candidacy of Cristiana Chamorro on Tuesday night, the opposition candidate who generates the most sympathy, according to the polls, and who has caused fear in the ruling couple since she made her candidacy public. The Sandinista regime has resorted to an alleged accusation of “money laundering” to torpedo the political participation of the former director of the defunct Violeta Barrios Foundation, the NGO that is also being singled out in this case that links more than twenty of people, mostly journalists.

The Sandinista government prohibits Cristiana Chamorro from “opting for any public office for not being in full enjoyment of her civil and political rights”, since she faces a “criminal process”. The announcement was made known through an “aberrant” statement to all legal principles, according to the lawyers consulted, since it curtails the citizen rights of Chamorro without a ruling.

The Public Ministry filed a formal accusation against the candidate for the alleged crimes of “abusive management, ideological falsehood, both in real competition with laundering of money, property and assets.” The Prosecutor’s Office requested precautionary measures of immigration retention, prohibition of attending certain meetings and places and prohibition of communicating with people linked to the events investigated, for the journalist María Lilly Delgado Talavera and the former employees of the Foundation, María Lourdes Arróliga Vanegas and Guillermo José Medrano, also investigated in this case.

Walter Gómez and Marcos Fletes, former financial administrator and former accountant of the Violeta Foundation respectively, were violently captured last Friday by the police and paramilitary groups.

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The prosecution’s accusation materializes almost three weeks after the Government ordered an investigation because, allegedly, it found irregularities in the financial statements of the Violeta Barrios Foundation, in the period between 2015 and 2019, of which Chamorro was president until January of this year.

“It is contrary to everything provided in the Constitution when condemning a person to a sentence without trial, without having listened to it, without the right to defense, without sentencing and converting the Public Ministry into a judge who sanctions in advance,” criticized the jurist and former Liberal MP José Pallais. “It is a totally politicized case, arranged with the sole political objective of inhibiting the strongest candidate in the opposition. It is a shameless performance that definitely defines that this regime does not believe in democracy. Everything works under their rules and democracy is an obstacle to their abuse of power, “he added.

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Chamorro’s disqualification was known just hours after he went to the headquarters of the Ciudadanos por la Libertad (CxL) party to register in the internal process of that party to choose a single opposition candidate, since it is the only box with which it has dissent to face Ortega in the elections scheduled for next November, which still do not enjoy credibility or competitiveness.

Last Friday the results of the polling firm Cid Gallup placed Chamorro in the first place of the opponents with 21%, becoming the one with the most options to seize power from Ortega, the leader of the Sandinista Front, who is 14 years old. in power, and seeking his third consecutive reelection.

“It is not the Prosecutor’s Office that is responsible for restraining any candidate, it does not have a firm sentence, and also, Cristiana is not an official candidate in the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE). It’s ridiculous, ”said Granera, a member of the Blue and White National Unity (UNAB). “It seems that he is wanting to behead the figures that he perfectly knows enjoy the greatest confidence of the Nicaraguan people,” he said.

The other presidential candidate, and who is also at risk of being blocked, Félix Maeadiaga, condemned what happened to Chamorro. “I want to express my absolute rejection of the unjust political persecution against Cristiana, which arises from the fear that the dictatorship has of a free electoral process. The arbitrary action of the regime merits the broadest national and international repudiation. Today more than ever, the greatest possible unity against the dictatorship is necessary, ”said Maradiaga.

Chamorro has repeatedly affirmed that this case of alleged “money laundering” is “fabricated” and seeks not only to silence national journalism, but to inhibit his presidential candidacy, as it is one of the most popular. He insists that the Ortega-Murillos are terrified of the specter of electoral defeat that his mother, former President Violeta Barrios, gave Ortega in 1990. “It is a revenge by Daniel Ortega against my mother’s legacy. He wants to prevent Nicaraguans from voting and there is no transfer to democracy, “he insisted.

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