Security & Strategic Review - July 2021

NICARAGUA: Opposition arrests draw international condemnation

“Under [President Daniel] Ortega, Nicaragua is becoming an international pariah” tweeted then US Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung on 5 June. Four days later, Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Luis Almagro called an urgent meeting of OAS members to consider suspending Nicaragua from the hemispheric body – a threat he already floated last year. The outcry was prompted by a string of arrests, including of five presidential pre-candidates, ahead of the 7 November general elections in which President Ortega is seeking a further term. This already adds to earlier developments stoking doubts about the integrity of the election.

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