The Secretary of State of the United States Government, Antony Blinksaid Saturday that the November elections in Nicaragua have “lost all credibility” due to the “autocratic” maneuvers of the president. Daniel Ortega to remove the main opponents from the elections.
“The United States views the regime’s latest anti-democratic and authoritarian actions, fueled by Ortega’s fear of electoral defeat, as the final blow to Nicaragua’s prospects for holding free and fair elections later this year,” Blinken said it’s a statement.
Nicaragua’s electoral court banned the right-wing Citizens for Freedom party, which leads an opposition alliance against Ortega’s re-election, on Friday amid an escalation of political repression in the Central American country.
“That electoral process, including its eventual results, has lost all credibility,” the letter added.
The Nicaraguan electoral court blocked the participation of the opposition group in the November 7 elections by ordering “to cancel the legal personality of the political party Ciudadanos por la Libertad,” according to a court ruling.
Critics accuse the government of trying to prevent any significant opposition from running for office. Ortega, in power since 2007, is running for a fourth consecutive term, with his wife, the vice president Rosario Murillo, again as a running mate.
At least 31 opposition figures, including seven potential presidential candidates, have been detained by authorities in the past two months.
They are accused of treason and of threatening the country’s sovereignty, under a law passed in December that has been denounced as a means to eliminate Ortega’s opponents.
“The decision of President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo, on August 6, to prohibit the last genuine opposition party from participating in the November elections shows their willingness to remain in power at all costs,” he added. Blinken.