The Sandinistas end their political rule in Nicaragua

The Sandinistas end their political rule in Nicaragua

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed concern Friday that Nicaragua does not have the “minimum necessary conditions” to hold free and fair elections. It called on the government to restore democratic guarantees and stop repression.

The government shut down nearly 2,000 non-governmental groups and more than 50 media outlets as it suppressed voices of dissent. About 100 civil society organizations were closed on Friday, the government announced.

First Lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo told government media that the election confirmed “unity around peace and goodness as the only way for the country.” “We had an exemplary, wonderful, awesome day as we affirm our call for peace.”

Nicaragua has been in political and social turmoil since large street protests in April 2018 turned into a referendum on Ortega’s rule. More than 200,000 Nicaraguans have since left the country, most to neighboring Costa Rica.

Ahead of last November’s national election, in which Ortega won a fourth consecutive term, authorities blocked leading opposition figures, including six potential challengers. After his re-election, Ortega further cracked down on dissent, going so far as to imprison an outspoken Roman Catholic bishop and other clergy.

First Lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo told government media that the election confirmed “unity around peace and goodness as the only way for the country.” “We had an exemplary, wonderful, awesome day as we affirm our call for peace.”

Nicaragua has been in political and social turmoil since large street protests in April 2018 turned into a referendum on Ortega’s rule. More than 200,000 Nicaraguans have since left the country, most to neighboring Costa Rica.

Ahead of last November’s national election, in which Ortega won a fourth consecutive term, authorities blocked leading opposition figures, including six potential challengers. After his re-election, Ortega further cracked down on dissent, going so far as to imprison an outspoken Roman Catholic bishop and other clergy.



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