The President of the United States, Joe Biden, this Wednesday passed the Renacer Act to extend the imposition of Sanctions on Nicaragua After three days of celebration question the options which he described as “a pantomime” which gives Daniel Ortega another five years in power. For the White House, “Nicaragua’s sham elections were neither free nor fair, and they were certainly not democratic.”
The so-called law to enforce compliance with the terms of Nicaragua’s electoral reform (Renacer) was approved last week in a bipartisan manner by Congress, giving Biden broad powers to impose sanctions on Nicaragua, including excluding a free trade agreement with it. Energy. It also adds Nicaragua to the list of Central American countries subject to visa restrictions due to corruption, and requires more intelligence reporting about the Russian government’s activities in the Central American country, including documentation of military sales from Moscow to Managua.
in a release Announcing the signing of the law, the White House made it clear that it “imposes sanctions on the Daniel Ortega government” to restrict loans at multilateral banks and stem the corruption of the system. The legislation conveys a powerful message and new tools to address the government of Ortega and Rosario Murillo, accused of corruption and authoritarianism, and their attempt to undermine the democratic aspirations of the people of Nicaragua. To do this, Washington, in coordination with Canada, the European Union, and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, needs to increase the selective sanctions that the United States imposes on people implicated in human rights abuses and obstruction of free elections.
On Sunday, Biden was the country’s first foreign president Rejecting the Nicaraguan elections He noted the human rights abuses that have occurred in the Central American country since June, when Ortega began a wave of persecution and imprisonment for critical voices. “The Ortega and Murillo family, long unpopular and now without a democratic mandate, rule Nicaragua as autocrats, no differently from the Somoza family, whom Ortega and the Sandinistas fought four decades ago,” the president wrote in a statement released by the White House. . In addition, he warned that his country would use “all diplomatic and economic tools” at its disposal to support the people of Nicaragua “and to hold the government of Ortega Murillo and those who facilitate its violations accountable.”
In a statement, the US executive thanked the “leadership” of lawmakers who promoted the initiative, which was approved last week with broad bipartisan support. They include Dick Durbin, the Democrat’s number two in the Senate, Bob Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Also featured were Democratic Congressman Albio Ceres, and fellow Republican Maria Elvira Salazar, whose ex-husband, Arturo Cruz, was one of the seven detained presidential candidates.
Ortega, who has been in power since 2007, won a fourth consecutive term on Sunday. After learning the result, Biden reviewed in a statement the imprisonment of nearly forty opposition leaders since last May, including seven potential presidential candidates – and the revocation of the participation of other parties, in addition to the abuses of members of the press and towards civil society activists and thousands of exiles.
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