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#YoNoVoto triumphs in Nicaragua: little participation in the electoral circus of dictator Ortega

The general elections of Nicaragua, in which a new reelection of the Sandinista Daniel Ortega , in power since 2007, is expected this Sunday, were characterized this Sunday by a low turnout, given a result that, as denounced by both the opposition and various organizations international, was determined in advance.

The way for Ortega’s fifth and fourth consecutive term was paved when the National Police, which leads a father-in-law of the president, arrested seven possible opposition presidential candidates who were emerging as his main rivals and who could serve as a counterweight.

Two other dissident aspirants went into exile on security grounds. Without electoral competition, the day focused on two other axes: the level of participation and the legitimacy that Ortega would have, who, for his part, considered that what is at stake is peace or “terrorism”, the latter, according to him, promoted by the opposition excluded from the elections.

Ortega attacks the opposition

After casting the vote with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo , who also aspires to be reelected, Ortega offered a message on a television and radio network in which he attacked opponents in prison and in exile, as well as the protests that erupted against his government in April 2018. “We are holding these elections, and we are sure that in this battle, which is a historic battle, where we must decide on terrorism, confrontation, war or peace,” said Ortega from the House of the Peoples.

The president offered his statements in the middle of the electoral day, which passed calmly and with low voter turnout, in contrast to the forecasts of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which predicted a massive vote.

The opposition excluded from participating in the elections, the Nicaraguans in exile and the Asociación Madres de Abril, which brings together relatives of the victims of the social outbreak of 2018, launched campaigns advising against voting on the grounds that doing so would legitimize the “dictatorship Ortega Murillo ».

Opponents used the hashtags #YoNoBotoMiVoto, #YoNoVoto or #NicaraguaNoVota, among others, with which they urged Nicaraguans not to leave their homes, keep the doors closed and the streets empty, because they consider that “there is no one to vote for.” , in a campaign that they described as a success.

“A circus”

Thousands of Nicaraguan exiles in Costa Rica protested through the main streets of the capital against “fraud” and the electoral “circus” orchestrated, they said, by President Ortega.

The leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, has defended in Congress the amendment to the totality of the General State Budgets, describing the accounts as “hypocritical”, “false”, “radical” and “ruinous”. In his speech during the Plenary of Congress he has reproached the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, for his absence, assuring that this Budget is “his swan song” and that he is “born dead.” “In time they are to withdraw them, and if not, once again, the PP will have to come to fix the ruin that the PSOE has left once again in history,” he has sentenced.

In the framework of a day of demonstrations, several Nicaraguan opposition groups joined in cities of different countries, including Madrid, Miami, Panama and Washington, to repudiate the elections and ask the world not to recognize the electoral results in Nicaragua considering that the The process is “a sham” that only seeks to re-elect Ortega.

With banners and slogans such as “We do not have someone to vote for, everyone is imprisoned”, “SOS Nicaragua”, “Viva Nicaragua libre”, “Ortega listen, we are still in the fight”, “I am not going to vote on November 7” the protesters asked the population did not go out to vote and the international community did not recognize the elections.

The organization Human Rights Watch (HRW), for its part, described the elections in Nicaragua as a “farce”, and as José Miguel Vivanco, executive director for the Americas wrote on his Twitter account, “Ortega will assume his fourth consecutive term in office. force of repression, censorship and fear ».

Biden: “A pantomime”

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden called the Nicaraguan elections a “pantomime” this Sunday and threatened to use “all the diplomatic and economic tools” at his disposal to hold Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accountable.

“What Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, orchestrated today was a pantomime election that was neither free nor fair, and certainly not democratic,” Biden said in a statement distributed by the White House.

The president urged the “Ortega-Murillo regime” to take “immediately” the necessary steps to “restore” democracy and called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of opponents who were imprisoned before the elections, including they include seven presidential hopefuls.

Until that happens, Biden warned, Washington, in coordination with other members of the international community, “will use all the diplomatic and economic tools” at its disposal to help the people of Nicaragua and hold Ortega, Murillo and those who “facilitate their abuses.

Possible sanctions

Today the whole world will witness the coronation of the dictatorship in Nicaragua. The electoral farce is underway: an “election” with no candidates other than those of the regime; “elections” with all the opposition in jail and with the soldiers in the street, “wrote former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís on his Twitter account.

And the leader of the Venezuelan opposition. Juan Guaidó affirmed that Ortega seeks to perpetuate himself in power with elections “tailored to him” which he described as “fraud”, while the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, congratulated Nicaragua on its elections for being “a day of peace “and added that there had been a” good level “of participation in the elections.

Both the United States, Canada and the EU have warned of sanctions after the Nicaraguan elections, amid questions of their legitimacy.

However, the Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, Denis Moncada, affirmed that the Ortega government is not afraid that the international community will ignore the electoral results and assured that “it will not be intimidated.”

If he achieves his goal, Ortega, who turns 76 next November 11 and who coordinated a Governing Board from 1979 to 1984 and presided over the country for the first time between 1985 and 1990, would reach his fifth term and fourth consecutive term since he returned. to power in 2007.

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