Extraordinary: to deliver any award to Nicaragua, it will be necessary to request permission from Daniel Ortega’s regime

Countries or organizations that decide to award an award or recognition to a Nicaraguan citizen must request in advance the permission of the Nicaraguan system, according to the Ortega Decree (Photo: EFE)

The Nicaraguan regime led by Sandinista Daniel Ortega, He will, henceforth, control all international awards and certificates earned or deserving by Nicaraguans abroad, Based on a republican decree published in the Official Gazette, Newspaper.

Countries or organizations that have decided to award an award or recognition to a former Nicaraguan citizen She will have to seek permission from the Nicaraguan regime, according to President Ortega’s decree, which went into effect on Friday.

“A foreign government, state, or international body or institution wishing to award an award, medal or recognition to a Nicaraguan natural or legal person, You must seek prior approval from the Government of Nicaragua Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so that it can give the corresponding approval in terms of reciprocity”Ortega established in the decree.

Until now The executive authority did not explain the reasons for the decree, which indicates in one of its paragraphs that the President of Nicaragua He may award honorary decorations and decorations to citizens or other nationalities.

Ortega critics have received the most awards

Nicaraguan writer and former vice president Sergio Ramirez (Image: EFE)
Nicaraguan writer and former vice president Sergio Ramirez (Image: EFE)

Among the Nicaraguans with the most awards and other international honors since Ortega’s return to power in 2007 are the writers Sergio Ramirez and Gioconda Pelli.And As well as the late poet and priest Trappist Ernesto Cardinal (1925-2020), They all criticize the Sandinista regime.

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Ramirez has won awards in Argentina, Chile, Spain and France, Among them Cervantes 2017 stands outThe finest writer yet Nobel.

the day that Ramirez received Cervantes, The writer appeared in a black tie in the auditorium of the University of Alcala de Henares, as a sign of mourning for the people killed in armed attacks against anti-government demonstrations in 2018.

Gioconda Belli, a constant criticism of Ortega on her social networks (Photo: Santiago Saferstein)
Gioconda Belli, a constant criticism of Ortega on her social networks (Photo: Santiago Saferstein)

Clear, who maintains his constant criticism of Ortega in his social networks, has won awards in Germany, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, the Netherlands and Peru, including Mario Vargas Llosa Prize for Fiction.

BasicFor his part, he has received honors in Chile, Spain, France, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay, among them Reina Sofia Prize for Ibero-American Poetry 2012 and order Officer’s Legion of Honor, awarded by the French government in 2013.

One of the most famous figures in Nicaragua who recently received another Ortega critic’s award, Journalist Carlos Fernando ChamorroThe brother of the candidate for the presidency of the opposition and Christiana Chamorro is currently in custody, son of former president Violetta Barrios de Chamorro, who was awarded the Ortega y Gasset 2021 Prize.

Ernesto Cardinal, winner of the 2012 Reina Sofia Prize for Ibero-American Poetry (Image: Reuters)
Ernesto Cardinal, winner of the 2012 Reina Sofia Prize for Ibero-American Poetry (Image: Reuters)

The three award-winning Ortega critics who are still alive (Ramirez, Billy, Chamorro) are staying outside Nicaragua for security reasons or to avoid arrest amid a wave of arrests. launched by the authorities against opposition leaders and independent professionals in the past two months, with the aim of the November elections.

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The president, about to turn 76, is a former Sandinista guerrilla who coordinated the board of directors from 1979 to 1984 and presided over the country for the first time between 1985 and 1990, He accused opposition leaders of trying to oust him with US backing, calling them “criminals”.

Ortega is seeking a fifth five-year term, a fourth in a row and a second with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, in the November elections.

(With information from EFE)

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