USA: "Nicaragua is a dictatorship; it lacks any democratic mandate."
Ricardo Zúniga, Principal Deputy Secretary of the United States Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, spoke at a press conference about the possibility of increasing sanctions on the Ortega regime and its collaborators.
"Nicaragua is a dictatorship. It lacks any democratic mandate".
Says Ricardo Zuniga, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Affairs of the Western Hemisphere of the United States Department of State, during a press conference in which participated Infobae in the elections of November 7 in Nicaragua approval Reborn legislation. He also updated the United States' participation before the OAS General Assembly on November 10-12.
"These elections do not have credibility as a democratic exercise. It cannot be said that the people supposedly elected under that process can be considered the leader's chore chose Nicaraguans. I cannot deny that it is a dictatorship based on personalism and family power. The electoral farce fools no one," says Zúniga." With these results, Nicaragua has become a coan utterlyocratic kingdom."
In power since 2007, Daniel Ortega was reelected on Sunday for a fourth consecutive term without encountering obstacles along the way: his main rivals are being held on charges of "undermining the sovereignty of the country."
The US official said that less than 20% went to the polls and that this is a clear sign that "the Nicaraguan people are deprived of free elections. He turned his back on him and has stayed at home".
"Nicaraguans want a future that only democracy can give them," he clarified. "And in Nicaragua, they live in a republic where fear reigns. The repressive actions against its own nation intensified this year, during which the regime imprisoned opponents, caused hundreds to go into exile and committed very serious human rights violations".
Regarding a question from Infobae in reference to countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, and Venezuela that endorsed or did not condemn the electoral result of Nicaragua, Zúniga said that "the important thing is to ask those governments for an explanation of that vote . I think it was very clear from many statements throughout the region that either condemned the actions of the 7th or stressed that they lack legitimacy or credibility".
"With the election pantomime that took place on November 7, Nicaragua has gone from being a fragile democracy to becoming a completely autocratic regime," he warned.
The Organization of American States (OAS) will open its 51st General Assembly on Wednesday. The disputed elections in Nicaragua will dominate the stage. Zúniga warned that the restoration of democracy in the country and the immediate and unconditional freedom of political prisoners would be discussed in depth. "At the OAS, it will be essential that other countries recognize what is happening. It is not a question of ideology, but whether or not to comply with the laws of the country and the democratic base of the States of the Americas".
"This is not a chess game. You cannot play with people as if they were pieces," condemned the official about Daniel Ortega's regime, which he compared with Anastasio Somoza, whose dictatorship he fought when he was a guerrilla:" paradoxically, Ortega-Murillo is establishing a dynastic dictatorship as did the Somoza dictatorship, which was overthrown by the Sandinistas 40 years ago".
Regarding the possibility of increasing sanctions against Nicaragua, the official assured that they would consider the measures in conjunction with the European Union and Canada in the context of the Renacer law. Soon, the US president, Joe Biden, will sign this law, by which his government commits to extending sanctions to Nicaragua.
The Renacer legislation (Enforcing Compliance with Conditions for Electoral Reform in Nicaragua) expands the supervision of loans from international financial institutions to Nicaragua. In addition, it advocates the imposition of selective sanctions on Nicaraguan officials and that these be coordinated with the Government of Canada and the EU, in addition to requesting that Nicaragua's continued participation in the Free Trade Agreement with Central America (CAFTA) be reviewed.
"Here in the United States, I can assure you that We continue to evaluate diplomatic and economic measures that help hold the Ortega-Murillo government to account. This includes imposing costs on Nicaraguans who are complicit in the abuses.".
"Any setback in democracy is an issue that affects us all," Zúniga stressed. "It weakens the consensus that has existed for so many years in favor of democracy. We know that even in democratic countries, they have problems to solve. We are betting that democracy is the best way to attend to the problems that affect the people".
Infobae also inquired about whether the United States is analyzing taking any action or will observe the next regional elections that will take place in Venezuela: "Unfortunately what we can see is that we are talking about certain actors who have taken away the ability of their people to vote in Credible and reliable free elections and the important thing is to act as a region to ensure that all countries that have committed themselves through the Democratic Charter comply with those requirements."