International community describes Nicaraguan elections as illegitimate

Various countries in the region and also in the European Community have expressed this Monday rejection of the results of the presidential elections in Nicaragua, where the official formula of Daniel Ortega it prevailed in elections in which its contenders could not participate as they were imprisoned.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on Monday condemned the “undemocratic” elections this Sunday in Nicaragua and reiterated that Washington will continue to impose “sanctions” on the government of President Daniel Ortega.

In a statement, the head of US diplomacy criticized that “electoral repression and manipulation” by the Nicaraguan Executive took away any “real meaning” from the November 7 vote.

“The United States joins other democracies in the region and around the world in condemning this subversion of democratic norms,” ​​Blinken noted.

The Dominican Republic also expressed its rejection on Monday to the Nicaraguan elections, in which President Daniel Ortega was elected, and described them as an “electoral simulation.”

The Dominican Foreign Ministry stated in a statement that the electoral process “lacked the minimum guarantees necessary to qualify it as fair, free and competitive” due to the arrests of numerous and important leaders of the opposition and social movements, as well as the restrictions against the media and civil society.

For his part, President of Colombia, Iván Duque, announced that his country will not recognize re-election as president of Daniel Ortega in the elections held in Nicaragua on Sunday, a process that he described as “fraudulent” and that he said calls into question “the democratic solidity of the country.”

“I say it without any fear: Colombia is not going to recognize the result of these fraudulent elections,” Duque declared to questions from journalists during his official visit to Israel.

As he added, “one has to call things by their name. What is happening in Nicaragua today is not free elections “, but rather the” chronicle of an announced fraud. “

Uruguay affirmed that the Nicaraguan elections “lack legitimacy” Since they were not framed by “internationally recognized” standards, there were no guarantees for the participation of all political actors, nor did they have “independent and impartial” control bodies.

Costa Rica and Ecuador expressed “concern” about the electoral process on Monday in Nicaragua, where Daniel Ortega was reelected, and they advocated for action by the international community to support a dialogue leading to the “recovery of the path of democracy.”

Costa Rica and Ecuador “call on the international community to support a dialogue with all Nicaraguan parties, to regain the path of democracy and above all to respect the will of their people,” says a joint statement by the Costa Rican Foreign Minister, Rodolfo Solano , and the Ecuadorian Mauricio Montalvo, on the occasion of a work meeting they held in San José this Monday.

While the The European Union, in a statement, declared the elections in Nicaragua illegitimate that gave Daniel Ortega reelection.

«The elections that took place in Nicaragua on November 7 were held without democratic guarantees and their results lack legitimacy. Daniel Ortega has eliminated all credible electoral competition, depriving the Nicaraguan people of their right to freely choose their representatives, ”says part of a statement from the European bloc.

For its part, The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, met that Monday with the wives of two of the seven candidates to presidential candidates detained in Nicaragua, and after the meeting he stressed that the release of the country’s political prisoners “has to be a priority.”

A day after the questioned general elections in the Central American country, Almagro met in Washington with Berta Valle and Victoria Cárdenas, the wives of Félix Maradiaga and Juan Sebastián Chamorro, who were detained as well as five other possible candidates in the months before the elections. .

Almagro indicated on his Twitter account that Maradiaga and Chamorro are “two of the more than 170 political prisoners in Nicaragua.”

The former president of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Óscar Arias, told EFE on Monday that what happened on Sunday in Nicaragua “is no surprise.”, since it is a question of “fraudulent and illegitimate elections” and that the international community must make a “call to ignore” the re-election of Daniel Ortega.

The former guerrilla will assume his fifth term of five and fourth consecutive years on January 10, 2022, with which he will be able to remain in office until 2027 and serve 20 consecutive years in power, an unprecedented case in the history of Nicaragua, with the support only from Bolivia, Cuba, Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

With information from EFE

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International community describes Nicaraguan elections as illegitimate

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