Status: 11/17/2021 9:10 am
Following the controversial presidential election in Nicaragua, US President Benedict banned the government of Ortega from entering the country. Attacks on opposition activists and journalists in the country are to blame.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has been barred from entering the country by US President Joe Biden. Ordega’s wife and vice president Rosario Murillo and all other members of the Nicaraguan government have been affected.
The White House has announced that the Nicaraguan government’s repressive measures are forcing the United States to act. Ortega’s “anti-democratic, dictatorial attitude” has “distorted” the country’s recent presidential election and deprived citizens of the right to choose their leaders in free and fair elections, Biden said. He criticized the attacks on members of the opposition, members of civil society and the media.
Ortega arrested opposition candidates
In the run-up to the November 7 presidential election, Ortega arrested seven opposition politicians who wanted to run against him. At least 39 of his protesters were arrested, and many members of the opposition fled abroad.
The 76-year-old won with 75 percent of the vote. The media critical of the government received less than 25 percent of the vote. The referendum has been strongly criticized by the US government and the European Union. Ortega held the highest state office from 1985 to 1990 and has been in power since 2007. He once fought in the Chandinista guerrillas that overthrew the dictator Anastasio Somosas in 1979.