Irregularities in Nicaragua's recent elections after which President Daniel Ortega is to stay in office for yet another term while all of his political opponents are either in jail or exile have led the administration of US President Joseph Biden to take action.
The US Treasury Department and the United Kingdom announced new sanctions against members of the Nicaraguan government in retaliation for the controversial presidential elections held on 7 November.
The Organization of American States (OAS) Friday received a formal request from some 40 former Latin American foreign ministers, who were against recognizing the results of last Sunday's elections in Nicaragua in which incumbent President Daniel Ortega was re-elected.
Paraguay Tuesday joined the group of nations denouncing last Sunday's elections in Nicaragua, which were won by incumbent President Daniel Ortega over symbolic candidates while those who could have challenged him either sat in jail or were in exile.
Uruguay's Foreign Ministry Monday said the electoral process in Nicaragua which led to a new five-year term for the incumbent President Daniel Ortega and his Vice President wife Rosario Murillo lacked “legitimacy.”
After 97.74% of the votes had been counted, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega secured his reelection for another five years in office with a 75.92% support amid notorious abstention and world criticism. Turnout was 65.23%.
When voting closed at 6 pm local time Sunday, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was expecting confirmation of his reelection following a low turnout for the elections in which every likely opponent was either jailed or in exile, it was reported from Managua.
In addition to arresting in the past two months almost every opposition politician who might challenge President Daniel Ortega's quest for another term in office in the upcoming November 7 elections, the Nicaraguan regime this weekend raided the La Prensa newsdesk and placed its general manager in detention.