The OAS approves an “immediate collective evaluation” on Nicaragua

The Organization of American States (OAS) approved on Friday to carry out “an immediate collective assessment” of the situation in Nicaragua after the reelection of the president Daniel Ortega, in a resolution during its General Assembly.

The text was adopted by 25 votes in favor of the 34 active members of the bloc. Seven countries abstained: Honduras, Mexico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Belize, Bolivia and Dominica. The delegation from Saint Kitts and Nevis was absent and Nicaragua voted against it.

Argentina, which this year abstained from supporting two resolutions of the Permanent Council of the OAS calling for free elections and the release of all opponents detained in Nicaragua, voted in favor.

The resolution “on the situation in Nicaragua” asks the Permanent Council, executive organ of the OAS, to conduct “an immediate collective evaluation (…) to be completed no later than November 30 and take appropriate action.”

Ortega, who has been in power for 14 consecutive years in Nicaragua, was reelected on Sunday for another five-year term, in front of five unknown right-wing candidates, accused of colluding with the government, and after having removed opponents who could overshadow him.

“Democratic institutions in Nicaragua have been seriously undermined by the Nicaraguan government, affirms the resolution of the OAS.

The vote was nominal at the request of Nicaragua, which condemned the text and demanded “firmly respect for the nation.” The OAS “He is not an arbitrator or auditor of the electoral process,” he said, insisting that the elections were held “in total and absolute peace.”


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