MEPs urge Borrell to suspend the EU-Nicaragua agreement due to Ortega’s authoritarian drift

A group of MEPs this Friday called for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, to suspend the EU’s Association Agreement with Nicaragua in the face of President Daniel Ortega’s authoritarian tendency, which has increased pressure on the opposition.

The letter, signed by thirteen MPs from PP, Ciudadanos and Vox, warns the country of “fraudulent” elections and condemns the persecution of the opposition, the election of the Supreme Electoral Council and the arrest of the main opposition candidate for the Nicaraguan presidency, Cristiana Chamorro, accused of money laundering.

In view of the situation, parliamentarians are calling for the prisoners to be released and for the electoral reforms necessary to hold “genuinely democratic” elections.

MEPs urge Borrell to suspend the EU-Nicaragua agreement due to Ortega’s authoritarian drift
MEPs urge Borrell to suspend the EU-Nicaragua agreement due to Ortega’s authoritarian drift

Until then, they ask Borrell that the Foreign Action Service “consider the possibility of activating the democracy clause contained in the Association Agreement between the European Union and Central America”.

“It is important that the European Union, now more than ever, reaches out to the Nicaraguan people and immediately condemns the current conditions, which lead to a fraudulent electoral process, before not sending an election observation mission if it does not comply with them.” Guarantees that it will be carried out “, insists the letter from MEP Leopoldo López Gil, father of the Venezuelan opposition leader.

The country is already looking ahead to the November 7 elections without exposing the polarization shown by the 2018 mass protests against Daniel Ortega. The government responded to these protests with repression and more than 300 people were killed. The tentative rapprochement of the parties at the time and the release of hundreds of prisoners in 2019 has resulted in a coexistence that has been shattered in recent months by laws that, according to the opposition, only have the purpose of limiting their most basic rights.

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