The government of Costa Rica, a country that welcomes thousands of Nicaraguan exiles, announced this Sunday that it does not recognize the electoral process implemented in Nicaragua due to the “lack of conditions and guarantees” required in a democracy to certify the elections as transparent. It is credible, independent, free, fair and inclusive.
The President of Ecuador, Guillermo Laso, said that “Nicaragua’s outlook is conservative”, and stressed that “Ecuador’s position, in general, will always be in favor of democracy and the principles of freedom. We hope that Nicaragua will follow this path.”.
The international wave of disapproval of the political situation and the electoral process and ignorance of the election results are, however, not of concern to the Nicaraguan authorities.
Foreign Minister, Denis Moncada, confirmed Sunday that the government of Daniel Ortega is not afraid of the fact that the international community is not aware of the general elections.
“We will not frighten ourselves with their threats of unilateral measures and penalties, and their threats of ignorance of the elections,” he said. Foreign Minister Moncada announced in reference to the international community, particularly the United States and the European Union.
The European Union demanded Ortega “return the sovereignty of Nicaragua to the people” and announced that it was considering “all tools” available to it “to take additional measures, including those that may go beyond individual restrictions”.
The United States, the European Union and the Organization of American States, before the elections, condemned the arrest of seven candidates for the presidency of the opposition, the abolition of three opposition political parties, and the cancellation of the elections. Monitoring and establishing laws that restricted participation in the process.
Spain also joined the group of countries that are openly critical of the elections in Nicaragua. Foreign Minister, José Manuel Alparís, declared today that the elections “cannot be called elections”, as they were “a mockery” and demanded the release of dissidents and journalists detained in this Central American country.
It is urgent to prevent the entrenchment of Ortega’s dictatorship
In a statement signed by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil 1995-2003, Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica 2010-2014, Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile 2000-2006, and Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia 2010-2018, along with the request of Kevin Casas Zamora, Secretary-General International IDEA since 2019, helping Nicaraguans choose their authorities freely.
“What happened is dangerous for the future of the people of Nicaragua and the rest of Latin America, because there The itinerary of the itinerary by which democracy becomes a despotism has been strictly enforced. These elections took place in the context of severe repression, with all arenas of democratic opposition closed, lacking basic guarantees of election integrity, and without reliable international observers. The result was as expected: illegitimate Daniel Ortega was re-elected to a fourth consecutive term and determined to perpetuate himself in power indefinitely. All this in addition to the tightly controlled elections of the Vice President, the ninety members of the National Assembly, and the twenty deputies of the Central American Parliament.”
Previous presidents have pointed to the validity of the democratic charter agreed to by an entire hemisphere two decades ago to give a legitimate channel to the viability of democracy in our region. So they affirmed:
1 – Request for coordination of the democratic institutions of the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin American countries, In addition to the corresponding international organizations, to strongly denounce the undemocratic nature of this electoral action and to call for its consequences to be ignored.
2 – Call on all governments of the region to accept the seriousness of these events and instruct their foreign ministers to place the situation in Nicaragua as a priority issue at the next session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, which Guatemala is organizing approximately from 10 to 12 November, and all actions related to The link provided for in the Inter-American System is adopted there.
3. The deepening of the international isolation of the regime, including the suspension of Nicaragua from the Organization of American States through the application of Article 21 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
4 – Demand the immediate release of all political prisoners, and the full observance of human rights, Stopping the police state, restoring constitutional order and urgently reopening the negotiation process to search for a peaceful and electoral solution to the crisis.
5- Demanding the human rights organizations of the United Nations and the Organization of American States to continue monitoring the human rights situation in Nicaragua and to prepare periodic reports to update its development.
6. Support the political actors in Nicaragua from the international community in their efforts to achieve a minimum level of rapprochement and unity of action in the face of a government that no longer hides its dictatorial character.
7. Suspension of all programs or negotiations within international and regional financial institutions. As long as the minimum conditions for the viability of democratic institutions do not belong to Nicaragua. This is without changing the humanitarian assistance programs for the benefit of the Nicaraguan population.
Support from Russia and Venezuela
On the other side, Russia and Venezuela, Ortega’s traditional allies, came out in defense of the Nicaraguan president and praised the way the elections were conducted.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that the elections were conducted in an “orderly” manner and complied with domestic legislation. He added that the appointment with the polling stations was made amid “unprecedented pressure” on the Nicaraguan authorities. He deplored the United States’ campaign to avoid recognition of the results.
Meanwhile, the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, congratulated Nicaragua on its “Peace Day” elections and highlighted the “good level” of participation in the elections. Maduro said, for whom “the vote in Nicaragua, the vote in Venezuela, is a step towards peace and stability for the progress and prosperity of our country.”