Posted: Monday, November 8, 2021. 5:27 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The United States says that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo, his spouse, “[have no] democratic mandate to govern,” despite a wide victory in Sunday’s general elections.
Ortega has been accused of dissolving all genuine opposition parties and imprisoning all the principal presidential candidates, effectively ensuring himself a fourth consecutive term in office. His opponents have invariably been accused of treason and other high crimes.
The U.S. through a notice from the State Department complains, “This repression and electoral manipulation, widely decried by Nicaraguans and the international community, stripped the November 7 vote of any real significance.” It adds, “The Ortega-Murillo government denied Nicaraguans their right to vote in free and fair elections and wrongfully deprived nearly forty individuals of their freedom.”
Ortega’s claim to be “defending national sovereignty,” rings hollow, Washington says: “democratic leaders understand that real sovereignty originates with the citizenry—voters—and only governments that conduct free and fair elections can credibly claim to represent the will of the people.”
The U.S. says it will back those seeking to restore democracy, starting at the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly on November 10-12, and for the immediate and unconditional release of those wrongfully imprisoned.
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