Ortega takes office as Nicaraguan President under criticism of the US after sanctions

He accuses the US of “700 political prisoners” and regrets that the EU has not renounced its “colonialist and slave-owning nature”.

Maduro and Díaz-Canel attend the event, betting that the union will run against the United States

Ortega takes office as Nicaraguan President under criticism of the US after sanctions
Ortega takes office as Nicaraguan President under criticism of the US after sanctions

The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, took office for the fourth time in a row in a grand ceremony in the central Plaza de la Revolución in the capital Managua, where he branded the US a “coward” and accused him of “700 political Prisoners “.

Nicaragua has thus started a new legislative period, which will be led again by Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo at the head of the vice-presidency, after being opposed to them on the 7th.

On this Sunday, the new MPs, who are expected to form the National Assembly until 2026, in which “Sandinismo” has also expanded its control after the November votes polled internationally, took office.

Ahead of the Nicaraguan President’s proclamation, the US authorities announced a series of sanctions against several senior officials in the country – including Defense Secretary Rosa Adelina Barahona Castro – to turn the Ortega “regime” into an ugly “submission to democracy”.

One of Washington’s justifications for these sanctions is the increasing suppression of dissenting opinions in the Central American country, to which it has attributed more than 300 deaths and the flight of more than 100,000 citizens since 2018.

In the face of these measures and allegations, Ortega criticized the existence of “700 political prisoners” in the US and asked “what are they waiting for to be released”. “There they are tough on them, while on the other hand they start terrorist activities, they organize them against sister countries like Venezuela,” denounced the president.

Likewise, the Nicaraguan leader has blamed US authorities for reacting to the alleged “terrorist acts” suffered by the Central American nation in 2018, and has even accused Washington of “organizing terrorism,” according to the Nicaraguan newspaper ‘La Prensa’.

“For them they weren’t acts of terrorism, for them they are citizens who murdered more than 40 police officers and more than a hundred, almost two hundred citizens and paralyzed the country for several months (…) For them it was not terrorism, because they organize it. If they organize it, there will be no terrorism, but a fight for democracy, “said Ortega.

He then attacked the European Union, which he accused of “not having lost its colonial and slave-owning nature” after the 27 announced a series of sanctions against seven people – including two of Ortega’s children and Murillo. – and three institutions of the presidential circle.


Ortega, on the other hand, called for the US authorities to “take a historic and courageous turn” in their relations with Nicaragua and “compensate” the country for the alleged armed involvement in the nation in the 1980s.

“He has the opportunity to take a historic and courageous turn in which he compensates the Nicaraguan people, that is justice. We do not ask for handouts, we ask for justice,” added the President of his United States, Joe Biden .

With this in mind, he transmitted that at a meeting of the America Summit when former President Barack Obama was at the helm of the White House and Biden was Vice-President, he expressed to the leader of the North American country that his administration should “comply, what the law commands. “

While crossing the Nicaraguan border, Ortega dealt with Washington’s “criminal blockade” of the island of Cuba and Venezuela, whose leaders Manuel Díaz-Canel and Nicolás Maduro were present at the event in Managua.

“Let the blockade against the sister republic of Cuba end (…) 90 percent of the countries that are in the United Nations vote for the lifting of the blockade every year and if democracy is respected, when the great majority of the peoples say, to end the blockade (…) against Cuba and the Bolivarian sister republic Venezuela, “he said.

For his part, the Cuban head of state celebrated on his arrival in Managua that the re-election of Ortega was “a victory” for Nicaragua, as it was “of enormous importance for the left forces and the progressive governments of Latin America”.

“It is a victory that also shows the anti-imperialist beliefs of the Nicaraguan people and their decision to continue the profound political, social and economic changes that the government has initiated,” Díaz-Canel said, according to Cubadebate media.

In addition, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez laments the “unilateral coercive measures” imposed by the US on Nicaragua as an “attempt to interfere in the country’s internal affairs”.

Similarly, President Maduro has appreciated that this new inauguration of Ortega “demonstrates the vitality of the Nicaraguan people and government” and opted for the mutual support of both nations “which have always intensified the struggle to overcome the castle”.


On the other hand, the Nicaraguan and Chinese authorities have signed a cooperation and trade agreement aimed at reactivating the Central American country’s economy, as Ortega himself defended in his speech.

This treaty was signed by the son of President Laureano Ortega Murillo and the Special Envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the first Vice President of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, Cao Jianming.

“(China) is a people who will multiply their capacities (…) Our goal is to continue the good progress we had before April 2018 which has been deleted and a new account and we are moving forward” “Said the leader from Nicaragua.

The Nicaraguan government has recognized China as a “unified territory” and thus severed all possible ties with Taiwan, which it regards as an “inalienable part of Chinese territory”, the Russian news agency Sputnik stated.

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