Ortega prepares for re-election: opposition members arrested in Nicaragua

Ortega prepares for re-election: opposition members arrested in Nicaragua

Ortega prepares re-election

Opposition activists arrested in Nicaragua

With the help of a controversial law, Nicaragua’s long-term ruler Ortega has secured his re-election. More than a dozen members of the opposition were arrested and excluded from running. Sanctions from the EU and the USA are already weighing on the country.

Four opposition politicians have again been arrested in Nicaragua. The police said they were the Unamos party leader, Suyen Barahona Cuan, and her deputy Hugo Torres, as well as the two women Dora María Téllez and Ana Margarita Vigil Guardián. Investigations were underway against them for “acts that undermine independence, sovereignty and self-determination and incitement to foreign interference in internal affairs,” the authorities said.

The Unamos, formerly known as the Sandinista Renewal Movement (MRS), consists largely of dissidents who split off from President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) because they disagreed with his leadership. Around a dozen opposition politicians, including four potential presidential candidates, have been arrested in the Central American country since the beginning of the month. Ortega, 75, is expected to run for a fourth term in the presidential election.

Exclusion of competition from the elections

In December, his party-dominated parliament passed a controversial law allowing opposition candidates to be excluded from the elections. The law stipulates that anyone who is planning a coup or “terrorist” act is not allowed to stand for election. A candidacy is also to be banned from all politicians who call for foreign interference in Nicaraguan politics and sanctions against the country.

Ortega, a former commander of the Sandinista guerrillas, was president back in the 1980s. After a long absence from power, he was elected to the highest office again in 2007. Critics accuse him of having developed an increasingly authoritarian and repressive style of government over the years. He had constitutional regulations limiting the presidential terms of office overturned. Ortega and his government have already been sanctioned by the European Union and the United States.

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