Nicaragua calls for exit from OAS after criticism of legitimacy of Ortega election

Published on : 20/11/2021 – 18:19

After criticism from the Organization of American States (OAS) on the legitimacy of the November 7 election that re-elected Daniel Ortega for a fourth term, Nicaragua officially asked on Friday to leave the OAS.

Nicaragua officially asked Friday (November 19) to leave the Organization of American States after criticism from the OAS over the “legitimacy” of the November 7 election which saw President Daniel Ortega reelected for a fourth consecutive term.

“I am writing to officially notify you of our unwavering decision to denounce the OAS Charter, in accordance with article 143, which initiates the final withdrawal and resignation of Nicaragua from this organization,” it is written in a signed letter. by Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada and addressed to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.

Article 143 of the OAS Charter allows a state to withdraw from the organization after a two-year procedure, during which time the country must meet its obligations to the organization.

In this letter, a copy of which was sent to the media, the Minister of Foreign Affairs indicated that he was acting on the instructions of President Ortega.

“We feel happy, proud because today we have set a new example of our condition as a sovereign people” by renouncing “this unacceptable and spurious body which does not represent us at all”, declared the vice-president. Rosario Murillo, wife of Daniel Ortega, to official media.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez for his part welcomed on his Twitter account Nicaragua’s decision, “which constitutes a firm and dignified response to the maneuvers of the secretary general of this organization, in collusion with the United States, to attempt to interfere in decisions that affect the Nicaraguan people “.

The seven serious opponents arrested before the election

Daniel Ortega, in power since 2007 after ruling the country from 1979 to 1990, was re-elected on November 7 for a fourth consecutive presidential term.

The ballot was the target of severe criticism from the international community, not least due to the absence of any serious opponents, with seven potential candidates having been arrested in the six months before the election.

Relatives of the 39 opponents arrested ahead of the poll said in a statement Friday that they suffered serious “physical and psychological harm” as a result of their conditions of detention in a high-security prison in Managua.

According to them, they continue to lose weight, lack “regular access to daylight”, some being locked in cells where the lights are on constantly while others remain in the dark.

Elections “neither free, nor fair, nor transparent”

The OAS General Assembly declared on November 12 that the Nicaraguan elections “were neither free, nor fair, nor transparent and lack democratic legitimacy”, paving the way for a possible suspension of Nicaragua.

The exit of the OAS will further isolate Nicaragua, whose leaders are subject to international sanctions. President Ortega, his wife and vice-president Rosario Murillo, their ministers and other senior officials of the regime are now barred from entering the United States.

On November 16, Parliament, where Daniel Ortega holds an overwhelming majority, asked the head of state to remove his country from the OAS. The OAS withdrawal request followed “repeated actions by the OAS to interfere in Nicaraguan internal affairs,” Parliament Speaker Gustavo Porras said.

A similar process began in Venezuela in 2017, after the OAS threatened the country with suspension for violating the constitutional order.

With AFP

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