Through a statement, the Foreign Ministry of Peru has expressed its “concern” about the evolution of events in Nicaragua and has rejected the electoral results alleging failure to comply with the minimum criteria necessary to hold “free, fair and transparent elections.” Likewise, the Government of Pedro Castillo considers that re-election of Daniel Ortega it deserves “the rejection of the international community.”
The Peruvian president, known for his leftist agenda and his affinity with the thought of the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, thus separates himself – and perhaps definitively – from the “socialist axis” represented by Nicolás Maduro, Miguel Díaz-Canel, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Daniel Ortega.
The Castillo Presidency, on the other hand, supports the pressure measures against the Sandinista government by the Organization of American States (OAS) and ensures that it will continue to work in the Permanent Council of the Washington-based body “with the aim of preserve the right of the Nicaraguan people to hold free elections “and in accordance with the Democratic Charter.
“Peru has supported the resolutions adopted in the Organization of American States to avoid this serious situation, as well as all collective efforts aimed at promoting the reestablishment of dialogue and understanding among Nicaraguans, the release of candidates and political prisoners, and the implementation of the agreed electoral reforms, “reads the release published this monday.
Alberto Fernández does not condemn but neither does he acknowledge the results
The Argentine Government called to “accompany the Nicaraguan people” so that they can recover “dialogue and democratic coexistence” “as soon as possible” and asked that the Executive of that country ensure “respect” for the human rights of the entire population. In the official statement there are no traces of congratulations or a clear position taken by Alberto Fernéndez’s Cabinet. It only limits itself to advocating respect for “ideological diversity and civic participation without proscriptions.”
“We reiterate our concern over the arrest of opposition leaders, as well as the need for the Nicaraguan government to ensure respect for the human rights of the entire population,” said the Foreign Ministry of the South American country in a statement. Argentina.
“We must accompany the people of Nicaragua so that as soon as possible they can recover dialogue and democratic coexistence,” adds the ministerial text, although it specifies that it maintains its “diplomatic tradition of non-interference in internal matters in other nations.”
An overwhelming abstention of 80%
Nicaragua held this Sunday elections labeled “farce” by different countries, in which the current president Ortega, in power since 2007, guaranteed himself a fifth presidential term and the fourth consecutive one.
Ortega said that “the Nicaraguan people turned to voting for peace” and that his government will continue to work for peace and to strengthen reconciliation.
The president was re-elected for his fifth term, the fourth in a row with 74.99% of the votes. An electoral process marked by the arrests of seven opposition candidates, the elimination of three political parties and the arrest of journalists, businessmen, social leaders and other opposition figures.
Official figures set participation in the session at 65.34%, which contrasts with independent calculations, which placed abstention at just over 80%.
Russia and Venezuela close ranks with Ortega
Most of the international community does not recognize the results of the presidential elections held this Sunday in Nicaragua.
There are notable exceptions: Russia and Venezuela, traditional allies of Daniel Ortega, came out in defense of the Nicaraguan president who, after 24 years in power, has a new five-year term ahead of him.
Maduro congratulated Nicaragua on its elections in what he called “a day of peace.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov praised that the elections complied with legality and denounced that the United States was leading a campaign to avoid recognition of the results: “As far as I know, when the vote ended on Sunday afternoon in Nicaragua, the White House announced its refusal to recognize it and asked other countries to do the same. We consider it unacceptable and strongly condemn that policy.”
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, described the elections as “pantomime” and the high representative of the foreign policy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, after defining the elections as a fake He asked Ortega for the release of political prisoners.
The Nicaraguan exile in Guatemala demonstrated against the general elections held in Nicaragua and against the Ortega government. Banners and slogans denounced the repression of the Government of Managua.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.