The United States condemned President Daniel Ortega’s suppression of opposition leaders and potential opponents before the November 7 poll.
The United States stated that Nicaragua’s upcoming elections “have lost all credibility” because of a series of arrests of presidential candidates and Disqualification of the main opposition party Will challenge President Daniel Ortega in a November poll.
in a statement On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken stated that the disqualification of the Civil Liberties Union (CXL) showed that Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, “hope to do whatever it takes. The price continues to be in power”.
The statement read: “The United States believes that the regime’s recent undemocratic and authoritarian actions-driven by Ortega’s fear of election failure-are the final blow to the prospects of free and fair elections in Nicaragua later this year. .”
“That election process, including its final result, has lost all credibility.”
Dozens of opposition leaders and presidential candidates Detained since early June In Nicaragua, the government arrested those accused of planning a coup against Ortega.
But human rights organizations and international observers accused the long-time leader of strengthening authoritarianism and trying to clear the way for potential opponents to win the fourth consecutive presidential election in the November 7 election.
Among those detained in recent weeks are seven presidential candidates.
The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party in Ortega confirmed last week that the 75-year-old will seek re-election and Murillo has once again become his running mate.
Wave of arrests prompted the US and EU to impose Sanctions and Visa restrictions In recent weeks, Nicaraguan officials have tried to pressure the government to release detainees and ensure that free and fair elections can be held.
“The political situation in Nicaragua has deteriorated further in recent months,” the European Council said in a statement this week, as it Announce new sanctions Oppose eight Nicaraguan government officials, including Murillo.
“The political use of the judicial system, the exclusion of candidates from elections, and the arbitrary removal of opposition parties violate basic democratic principles and seriously violate the rights of the Nicaraguan people.”
Ortega ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990 and returned to power in 2007. Since then, he has won two consecutive re-election campaigns.