MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua’s judgment party-dominated Congress passed legislation Monday that could essentially prohibit opposition candidates from running in the 2021 presidential elections.
Given that Ortega has applied those conditions to the whole resistance and also the leaders of enormous 2018 protests against his regime, the legislation approved Monday seems geared toward sweeping aside the previous roadblock to Ortega’s ongoing near-perpetual rule within the Central American country.
The legislation prohibits candidates” who direct or fund a coup… promote foreign interference, request military intervention… suggest or program economic blockades, applaud and winner the imposition of sanctions against Nicaragua or its taxpayers.”
Thus far, the United States has imposed sanctions on about 27 individuals near Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, for example, Murillo herself and three of her kids with Ortega. The sanctions are targeted at bringing in free elections.
The law says individuals designated by Ortega” would probably be traitors to the homeland, and for this reason, might not run for office”
The chief of the resistance coalition Alianza Cívica, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, composed that Ortega is the very first person to be banned under the law.
“The one they ought to apply this legislation is Daniel Ortega, for most of the human rights offenses he’s committed and the harm he’s done,” Chamorro composed in his social networking accounts.
The elections have been scheduled for Nov. 7, 2021, and even though term limits — that Ortega has surpassed — that the 75-year-old chief is expected to operate again.
Ortega originally led Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990 after the Sandinista revolution which ousted the Somoza dictatorship, but he also lost the presidential elections in 1990.
He returned to the presidency in 2007 following three unsuccessful election efforts, and he won re-election in 2011. Then he sidestepped term limitations for himself re-elected in 2016, and packaged courts and government agencies with allies.
At least 325 individuals were murdered in anti-government protests in 2018, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Beginning in April 2018, Nicaragua’s economy was ruined by almost five weeks of unrest initially triggered by cuts to social security benefits but that evolved to forecasts for Ortega to resign and let early elections.
Nicaragua’s two major opposition groups had declared earlier this year they will form a coalition to compete in the 2021 race. Both formed following civil unrest burst in April 2018.
The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control has occasionally declared sanctions against”corrupt fiscal operations and Ortega regime fans.” The transfer blocks the U.S. resources of the officers and prohibits U.S. citizens from coping with them. The U.S. government says it’s pressing Ortega to maintain fair and free elections and respect fundamental rights.
On Monday, the office declared sanctions on three officers in Ortega’s authorities, for example, vice president of the Supreme Court, a Sandinista legislator along with the nation’s police chief.
On Friday,” Ortega reported that individuals who encourage the sanctions”aren’t Nicaraguans.”
“I don’t understand how they believe that they will take part in an election with this mindset,” Ortega said. “They’re terrorists, terrorists, and traitors since they continue to request more sanctions.”