President Daniel Ortega is expected to be in office for the fourth consecutive term in the elections held in Nicaragua on Sunday. He was condemned by the United States and other countries as a scam after he imprisoned opponents.
Ortega took power for the first time after overthrowing the US-backed dictator Sandinista in 1979. His goal is to extend the second presidential term that began in 2007.
recent CID-Gallup Poll It is recommended that less than one-fifth of Nicaraguans support Ortega and his vice president, his wife Rosario Murillo. However, activists and analysts said that no matter what happens, the government will declare victory on Sunday.
Vilma Núñez, Chairman of the Center for Human Rights in Nicaragua (CENIDH), said: “There will be no elections today. This will be a scam that will take place under unprecedented repression.” “No one can vote and there is no reason. vote.”
Sunday’s presidential vote will include 75-year-old Ortega against a handful of little-known politicians. Voters will also choose representatives of the country’s parliament. Governments around the world condemned his government because he put his main rival in prison during this year’s repression campaign.
The United States also called the election a scam It is said that Explore further sanctions against officials.The EU also stipulates Sanctions Officials violated human rights and undermined democracy. This week, Republicans and Democrats in the US Congress passed a bill calling for more punitive measures against the country’s leaders.
Foreign Minister Denis Moncada said at a polling station on Sunday that Nicaraguans will not be intimidated by threats or sanctions from foreign powers.He said the election process was peaceful, stable and free, his commentary video Post on social media show.
Nicaraguan civil society groups called on people to stay at home on Sunday and not vote. Nicaraguan human rights network Urnas Abiertas stated that in recent days, another 21 persons associated with opposition groups have been detained.
“There are too few ways for people to protest,” it said. “Surveillance is increasing. Someone has been arrested for putting stickers on it… Used to paint on the wall.”
Urnas Abiertas said that the deterioration of Nicaragua’s institutions occurred in the past two decades and accelerated when Ortega regained power in 2007.
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the Americas. Its economy has been shrinking since 2018, when the government suppressed large-scale protests that killed more than 400 people. The country is also one of the countries with the lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates in the region: According to data from the region, only 5% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Our World Data Database.
Manuel Orozco, director of the Immigration, Remittance and Development Program at Dialogue of the Americas, said that since the 2018 crackdown, more than 200,000 Nicaraguans have left the country. Many people went to the United States and neighboring Costa Rica, and a large number of families relied on remittances when they returned home.
Some people worry that further consolidating Ortega’s power will only accelerate this trend.
“More instability and repression will trigger a new wave of immigration from south to north to the US border,” said Jason Marzak, director of the Adrian Asht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council. “This is a critical moment when the United States, the European Union and the American countries show that dictators will not be tolerated.”