San José, Nov 8 (EFE) .- 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 about some “fraudulent and illegitimate elections” and that the international community should make a “call to ignore” the reelection of Daniel Ortega.
“These elections are spurious, they were a fraud, what Daniel Ortega shows with what happened yesterday is that he is not a democrat. He is a dictator who cannot be separated from power, who cannot leave the presidential chair and that anyone Price has to stay in power, “Arias said.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner indicated that the result of the elections “does not demonstrate the will of the Nicaraguan people”, since the Sandinista Front went to a vote without opposition, with more than 150 political prisoners.
“What happened yesterday at the polls does not represent the will of the Nicaraguan people. On some occasion Clement Attlee, leader of the English Labor regime (between 1945 and 1951), said that in the Soviet Union there were elections that looked like a horse race, with a single horse, yesterday in Nicaragua that’s what happened, “said Arias.
The former Costa Rican president between 1986 and 1990 and then from 2006 to 2010 also called on the international community to “ignore the outcome of the elections.”
“In 2018 there was a great repression, more than 300 deaths and nothing happened. The international community washed their hands and the people themselves for fear of being shot stopped protesting, out of fear, for fear of repression, to go to jail. In such a way that I hope that this time the community will react with courage to isolate the new Ortega-Murillo regime, “said Arias.
The Nobel Prize added that the possible sanctions of organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration or the suspension of Nicaragua in the Organization of American States would have the “inevitable consequence of increasing the impoverishment of that suffering Nicaraguan people “.
Arias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to pacify Central America, recalled the ideals of the region’s Peace Plan, which was based on respect for human rights, holding periodic and pluralist elections, and creating of democratic institutions for social stability.
“In the Central American case, it hurts me a lot because when Central Americans signed the Peace Plan in my first government, which I proposed, we committed ourselves to strengthening democracy, to consolidating democratic institutions (…) What (Ortega) has done now is to take no risk, put all his adversaries in jail, hold fraudulent elections, which are a sham, and what we see in Nicaragua, and in other countries of Central and South America is a setback for democracy, “said Arias.
The former president added that what could be expected with the repression is that migration increases “that Nicaraguans vote with their feet and leave Nicaragua for some economic reasons, and others for political reasons.”
Ortega, in power since 2007, was re-elected this Sunday with 74.99% of the votes in the general elections on Sunday, a process marked by questions about his legitimacy due to the arrests of seven opposition candidates, the elimination of three political parties and the arrest of journalists, businessmen, social leaders and other opposition figures. EFE
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Óscar Arias describes the elections in Nicaragua as “fraud” and “spurious”