Following election fraud in Nicaragua, the United States will impose new sanctions on the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega.

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Following election fraud in Nicaragua, the United States will impose new sanctions on the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that Washington will continue to promote "the accountability of accomplices in supporting the anti-democratic acts of the Ortega-Murillo government."

The United States on Monday threatened to impose new sanctions on Nicaragua after dictator Daniel Ortega was declared the winner of "undemocratic" elections.

"President Ortega and Vice President Murillo of Nicaragua have declared themselves winners in the national elections, the result of which has been foreseeable for a long time," begins the statement signed by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. It has deprived Nicaraguan of the possibility of real power by dissolving all real opposition parties and sending all leading presidential candidates to prison. This repression and electoral manipulation act, which Nicaraguans and the international community have condemned, deprive the November 7 elections of any true significance. The Ortega-Murillo government denied Nicaraguans the right to vote in free and fair elections and illegally deprived nearly 40 people of their freedom. "

"While Ortega and Murillo may remain entrenched in power, Nicaragua's undemocratic election does not and cannot provide them with any democratic mandate to govern, nor does it have the entity to do so," Blinken said. "And while they claim to be 'defending national sovereignty in their response to international condemnation of their severe behavior, democratic leaders know that true sovereignty is born from the citizenry - from the voters - and only governments that hold free elections. and just can credibly sustain that they represent the popular will".

Thus, he assures that "the United States joins other democracies in the region and the world in condemning this subversion of democratic norms. We accompany the Nicaraguan people and support those who seek to restore democracy. "

We will continue to use diplomacy, coordinated measures with our regional allies and partners, sanctions and visa bans to hold our counterparts to account for the undemocratic actions of the Ortega Murillo government.

We intend to work with other democratic governments, including within the scope of the OAS General Assembly, from November 10 to 12, to demand the restoration of democracy through free and fair elections and full respect for human rights in Nicaragua. . The first step for this must be the immediate and unconditional release of those who have been improperly imprisoned".

And he concluded: "Even though the current Nicaraguan government is no longer democratic, the nation of Nicaragua continues to be a member of the international community committed to democratic principles. Therefore, the Nicaraguan people deserve to enjoy the freedoms and rights that are respected in a democracy".

Since June, Nicaraguan authorities have detained seven presidential candidates, virtually securing a fourth consecutive term for Ortega and Murillo.

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.

According to partial results, Ortega, who will turn 76 on Thursday, was re-elected on Sunday with 75% of the votes.

The former Sandinista guerrilla will assume another five years as president, at the head of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN, left), along with Murillo, 70, who will be vice president for the second time.