The US Senate expressed concern about the persecution of opponents of the Ortega regime.

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In a letter signed by a group of Republican and Democratic parliamentarians, they demanded that President Biden review the continuity of the free trade agreement with Nicaragua (Cafta) and urge to investigate the funds of the Army of the dictatorship.

A group of seven United States senators consigned a document to the White House, in which they expressed to President Joe Biden their concern about the arbitrariness committed by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo against the leaders of the opposition. The latter have been persecuted and imprisoned by the Central American dictatorship.

In the letter signed by Republican Senators James Risch, John Cornyn, Marco Rubio, Todd Young, Bill Cassidy, and Democrats Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin, they demand immediate action to stop the Ortega regime and call to evaluate the permanence of Nicaragua in the US free trade agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic, called DR-Cafta.

"The attempts of the Ortega-Murillo regime to crush democracy in Nicaragua are inconsistent with the spirit and principles of DR-Cafta," the parliamentarians signed in the document.

The bipartisan group demanded that the federal government lead a "coordinated strategy" with members of the international community who share the concerns of the United States.

Specifically, the legislators recommended that the Biden administration pursue the assets of the Nicaraguan Armed Forces in the United States and "use the available tools," including section 5 of the Nicaraguan Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Law or the Nica Act, approved in 2018, to sanction individuals and sectors of the economy linked to the regime.

In the document, the senators denounce that "the concentration of power of the Ortega-Murillo regime over all the powers of the Government of Nicaragua and the resulting corruption threaten the future of democracy in that country, damage the interests of the United States and erode trust. In the capacity of the Government of Nicaragua to comply with its international obligations, including those of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-Cafta)".

The parliamentarians highlight the recent arrest of "prominent opposition presidential candidates," which makes impossible" any possibility of free and fair elections."

"Since December 2020, the Ortega-Murillo regime has severely restricted civil society and independent media, imposed illegal financial regulations on local banks, seized control of the Supreme Electoral Council in violation of Nicaraguan law, and it has launched a fraudulent electoral process that denies the right of the Nicaraguan people to freely and fairly elect their leaders in the November elections," the letter reads.

"The United States must act quickly and decisively to send out a clear message urging the Ortega-Murillo regime to reverse the course of the country," the senators say.

Meanwhile, the President of the Spanish Government,  Pedro Sánchez, was also concerned this Friday about the political situation in  Nicaragua and urged the dictator of that country,  Daniel Ortega, to "play fair" and release the opponents who have been arrested in recent days.

"I would like to address myself personally and directly to President Ortega:  that he plays fair, that he free the opponents and that he attends, in fair play and fair combat, that electoral process," Sánchez said in a press conference after a bilateral meeting. with the president of Costa Rica,  Carlos Alvarado.

Sánchez, who today concludes a two-day visit to  Costa Rica, explained that Spain's position on this issue is the same as that of the European Union in the sense of a "firm defense of rights, freedoms and democratic values."

"We see with great concern what is happening in Nicaragua which, by the way, is not new; we have been dragging it down for a few years," said the President of the Spanish Government.