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The Conservative Party leaves Parliament for the “anti-democratic” treatment of opposition deputies

December 18, 2019


The Conservative Party of Nicaragua has announced on Wednesday that it leaves the National Assembly denouncing “anti-democratic” and “discriminatory” treatment to opposition deputies in a legislative headquarters controlled by the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN).

The president of the opposition party, Alfredo César, explained that it is not a temporary abandonment but a definitive withdrawal so that the seat left by the conservatives is not occupied with a substitute.

César explained that the political formation has decided to take this step to denounce the “anti-democratic” and “discriminatory” action of the official deputies in Parliament.

“This man wants to manage the Assembly as the National Workers Front,” César said in reference to the president of the National Assembly, Gustavo Porras, according to the Nicaraguan newspaper 'La Prensa'.

However, the local newspaper points out that the withdrawal of Congress would also be related to the intention of the Conservative Party to forge a coalition with the Blue and White National Unit (UNAB) and the Civic Alliance next January.

This movement is part of the political crisis that Nicaragua is suffering since the protests that broke out in April 2018 against the Government of Daniel Ortega over a controversial social security reform that ended up demanding the “democratization” of the country.

More than 300 people died in the repression of the protests, for which experts from the Inter-American Human Rights System have recommended prosecuting the 'Sandinista' leader for crimes against humanity.