After it suspended an opposition party for moving away from the "biblical principles" of the people, the US response to Nicaragua suspended an opposition party.
Diplomats from Joe Biden's government called on democratic nations to "not ignore" what is happening in the Central American country governed by Daniel Ortega.
The United States called on democratic nations on Wednesday not to ignore what is happening in Nicaragua, where "the right of Nicaraguans to elect their leaders is being undermined," said the Julie Chung Acting Undersecretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the State Department.
With the arbitrary cancellation of the legal status of an opposition party, the Ortega Electoral Council undermines the right of Nicaraguans to elect their leaders and the credibility of the electoral process," said the US official.
"Democratic nations cannot ignore what is happening in Nicaragua," the diplomat added in her message on Twitter.
The Supreme Electoral Council, controlled by the Sandinistas, canceled in the last 24 hours the legal personality of the Democratic Restoration Party (PRD), arguing that the formation has moved away from the "biblical principles" of the people.
In tune with Chung, Colombian Juan Sebastián González, one of the closest advisers on Latin American affairs in Joe Biden's government, said: "Whoever feels the need to change the rules to guarantee their victory seems to have lost popular support ."
On the 5th, Chung warned that "Nicaragua is heading for flawed elections unless it implements a free and fair process that respects the will of the people."
Then, the US official argued her position based on a reform to the Electoral Law promoted and approved by the Sandinistas and the election of new electoral arbitrators, mostly related to the head of state, Daniel Ortega.
The Sandinista legislators and their allies, who are an absolute majority in Parliament, approved reforms to the Electoral Law on April 4 that annul electoral observation to make way for the limited figure of "accompaniment," inhibiting candidates who applaud international sanctions against Ortega and his associates, limits electoral financing and restricts constitutional rights.
Additionally, they re-elected two magistrates of the Supreme Electoral Council. They elected another eight, mostly Sandinistas, which guaranteed that the arbitration body of the elections continues to be made up of members of the ruling party and characters described as allies according to the opponents.
Chung called on Ortega and Sandinista's deputies to take advantage of electoral reforms and the selection of new electoral mediators to make Nicaragua's electoral system more credible.
Ortega continues to challenge
Daniel Ortega accused the US ambassador to Managua, Kevin K. Sullivan, of "compelling" opposition parties to choose a single applicant for the November election.
Who wants to put what he has in his house? Ah, but they (America) like to go everywhere and decide for the people living in the house. Here, Yankee ambassadors go downstairs to sell their candidates, Ortega said in a speech at an official ceremony without presenting evidence.
The Sandinista president reproached that Sullivan is not Nicaraguan and warned him: "The Yankee ambassador should not get in here, nominating candidates and pressuring political parties to accept the candidates that the Yankee wants ."
Nicaragua plans to hold presidential and legislative elections on November 7, in which Ortega aspires to his third consecutive reelection.