Tuesday, December 7

OAS Declares Nicaraguan Elections “Illegitimate” and Calls for “Immediate Evaluation”

The Organization of American States (OAS) passed a resolution on Friday night that declares “illegitimate” last Sunday’s elections in Nicaragua, in which Daniel Ortega was re-elected for a fourth consecutive term, and asks the Permanent Council for a “immediate collective evaluation “ in order to “take appropriate action.”

In a vote at the end of the 51st General Assembly of the OAS, held virtually with Guatemala as the host country, the resolution has been approved with the support of 25 countries, among them the United States, Canada, Costa Rica or Ecuador –part of the group that promoted the resolution last Wednesday–, one vote against and seven abstentions.

The vote against was by Nicaragua itself, whose representative in the assembly, Michael Campbell, has defended that his country “deserves respect, not sanctions or threats, not blockades or bellicose attitudes.”

“We have witnessed another attack against the free, dignified and sovereign people of Nicaragua, which will be recorded in history as one of the worst aggressions against democracy “, defended Campbell, who also recalled” the human rights violations in Canada “, or the” persecution system ”of thousands of indigenous leaders in Colombia, who have also voted in favor of the resolution.

Finally, Honduras, Mexico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Belize, Bolivia and Dominica have abstained. The rest of the countries have voted in favor, including Argentina, which has thus distanced itself from the Bolivian and Mexican governments, with which it tends to follow the same line in other votes.

According to the resolution, Sunday’s presidential elections in Nicaragua “They were not free, fair or transparent and they do not have democratic legitimacy.”

The document further states that the Nicaraguan authorities have ignored all the organization’s recommendations, and that OAS attempts to promote democracy in the country they have also been ignored by the Ortega government.


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