After the President Daniel Ortega was reelected for the fourth time, USA announced that it is willing to use a number of tools, including possible sanctions, visa restrictions and coordinated actions with their allies against those who support the “undemocratic acts” of the government of Nicaragua, expressed the Secretary of state, Antony Blink.

The official added that Washington it will work with other governments to push for a return to democracy in Nicaragua through “free and fair elections.” The United States has described the presidential elections of the Latin American country “as a farce”, due to “the relentless repression of the leader Daniel Ortega against his opponents.”

Nicaraguan authorities have detained seven presidential candidates since June, among some thirty opponents. “While Ortega and (Rosario) Murillo may remain entrenched in power, Nicaragua’s undemocratic election does not and cannot provide them with any democratic mandate to govern,” Blinken said.

He also expressed that the United States will work with other democracies, including through a meeting this week of the Organization of American States (OAS), to “press for a return to democracy through free and fair elections and full respect for human rights in Nicaragua.”

“This must begin with the immediate and unconditional release of those unjustly imprisoned,” Blinken said. The United States has already imposed sanctions on Ortega, Murillo and several Nicaraguans in their inner circle for actions in the run-up to Sunday’s elections. Ortega, who will turn 76 on Thursday, was re-elected on Sunday with 75% of the votes, according to partial results.

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