Antony Blinken said that there are no conditions for free elections in Nicaragua and demanded the release of opponents


Antony Blinken said that there are no conditions for free elections in Nicaragua and demanded the release of opponents.

The US Secretary of State-backed the resolution approved by 26 countries at the OAS, which calls for "the immediate release of the presidential candidates and all political prisoners."

US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken stressed on Wednesday that there were "no conditions" for "fair and free elections" in Nicaragua and that he had nominated four presidential candidates recently detained by the Daniel Ortega government. Has called for "immediate release".

In a statement, Blinkenon Tuesday expressed "strong support" for the 26-nation resolution passed by the 26-nation Organization of American States (OAS) calling for the "immediate release of presidential candidates and all political prisoners." Has been requested. "

"Given the recent repression of the regime and its lack of a profound electoral reform, the conditions for free and fair elections this November do not exist," said the head of US diplomacy.

The government of US President Joe Biden has imposed several rounds of economic sanctions on senior officials in Managua, including several direct relatives of Ortega and his wife and vice president of the Central American country, Rosario Murillo.

The Nicaraguan authorities have detained four would-be opponents of the Nicaraguan Presidency so far this month, Cristiana Chamorro, Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga, and Juan Sebastián Chamorro García, as well as other opponents and two former guerrillas, with five remaining months until the elections in which Daniel Ortega, in power since 2007, seeks new reelection.

Blinken highlighted the "clear message" sent by the OAS "in support of the Nicaraguan people and their struggle for free and fair elections and respect for human rights. "

The initiative, promoted by Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Paraguay, and Peru, easily surpassed the 18-vote barrier that it needed to be approved by receiving the support of 26 of the 34 countries members of the OAS. 

(Cuba belongs to this organization but has not participated in it since 1962).

Nicaragua opposed the left-wing government of Bolivian President Luis Ares himself and Venezuela's allies Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

In addition, five countries abstained: Honduras, Belize, Dominica, Mexico, and Argentina.