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Daniel Ortega became President of Nicaragua for the fifth time (fourth in a row) this Monday, amid widespread rejection by the international community, who was re-elected last November in the absence of a majority of Latin American leaders.
From within and outside Nicaragua, most opposition candidates were denounced as having insufficient democratic guarantees in the presidential election after being arrested or deported.
Ortega took office a day after the establishment of the new National Assembly, in which the ruling party controls 75 of the 91 seats.
Just hours before taking office this Monday, the European Union announced A new one Rhonda Obstacles Vs Ortega’s two children and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.
The organization also announced sanctions against the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Corios (Telcor) and the supervisor of Nicaraguan banks.
In the same vein, the Treasury Department and the US Secretary of State announced new sanctions against people associated with the Nicaraguan military and police forces.
In announcing sanctions, the European Union spoke out An attempt to destabilize democracy By those allowed.
Already in November 2021, the Organization of American States (OAS) issued a proclamation signed by 25 of the 34 member states, rejecting Ortega’s fourth consecutive elections after warning that the elections were “not free, fair or transparent.” They have no democratic legitimacy.
Local opposition media outlets, such as La Prensa, confirmed that Ortega’s fourth series of possessions at the Plaza de la Revolución in Managua had the lowest attendance ever.
Only Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Connell, who arrived in the Nicaraguan capital this morning, was the only regional leader to attend the event; Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Bolivian Foreign Minister Erwin Mamani was also present.
Amid controversy over the legitimacy of elections in Central America, Other left-wing governments, such as Argentina and Mexico, sent diplomatic representatives At the inauguration ceremony.
A few days before the ceremony, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by Marcelo Ebert, announced that it would not send delegates to the Ordega inauguration ceremony.
However, during his morning break, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he would be sending the current head of the embassy in the country, as well as announcing the name of the new Mexican ambassador to Managua.
Similarly, the government of Alberto Fernandez in Argentina announced a few hours before the event that it was sending a delegation from the embassy in Managua.
Attack on America
In his inaugural address, Ortega attacked the US government and demanded the release of 700 political prisoners in US prisons, according to President Joe Biden, citing supporters of Donald Trump who attacked Congress on January 6, 2021. .
According to the newspaper La Princa, Ortega “He did not mention the more than 160 political prisoners in Nicaragua.”
He called for an end to the siege against Cuba and sanctions against Venezuela.
He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was important for China.
The other countries that sent the delegations, as announced by the Nicaraguan government, were Belize, Honduras, China, Iran, Palestine, the Sahrawi Arab Republic, Russia, India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, North Korea, Angola, Syria, Turkey, Belarus, Egypt, Malaysia and Yemen.
According to the Chinese delegation, Xi Jinping’s ambassador to the National People’s Congress was Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Zhao Jianming.
Gao was cleared by the United States a year ago for his role in persecuting protesters during the 2020 protests in Hong Kong.
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