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Nicaragua. President Daniel Ortega and his associates banned from entering the US

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Members of the government of Nicaragua, including the president of the country, have been banned from entering the territory of the United States, US President Joe Biden decided. It is a response to the country’s presidential election on November 7, won for the fourth time by Daniel Ortega, which Washington described as rigged.

The US travel ban applies to all “elected officials” in Nicaragua, including Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, as well as members of the security forces, judges, mayors and others who are seen as undermining the country’s democracy.

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“The repressive and insulting actions of the Ortega government and those who support it are forcing the United States to act,” wrote Joe Biden in the decree.

Daniel OrtegaJORGE TORRES / EPA / PAP

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Elections in Nicaragua “without credibility fraud”

Biden’s decision came the day after the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada imposed targeted sanctions on Nicaraguan officials in a coordinated response to an election that many countries called fiction. In June this year, the services subordinate to Ortega detained his seven opponents in the presidential election. The arrested were confronted with, inter alia, allegations of money laundering and high treason.

The Organization of American States (OAS) denounced the electoral process in Nicaragua, saying Ortega had “trampled on all the principles of democracy.” The Inter-American Human Rights Commission, an organ of the OAS, said in October that Nicaragua has become a “police state” in which Ortega, after coming to power in 2007, “established a reign of terror, suspended basic civil rights, and is conducting a systematic attack on civil rights.”

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called the Nicaraguan president a “dictator”, and before the elections, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken described it as “a fraud without credibility”. Both the EU and the US have imposed visa sanctions and restrictions on officials in the Nicaraguan administration.

Main photo source: JORGE TORRES / EPA / PAP



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