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Washington sanctions several top Nicaraguan officials

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Daniel Ortega, 76, is to be sworn in on Monday in Managua for a fourth term in a row, alongside his wife and vice-president Rosario Murillo.

The Ortega-Murillo regime continues its enslavement of democracy by staging a sham election, silencing the peaceful opposition and detaining hundreds of people as political prisonersUS Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said in a statement.

Deprived of opposition following the imprisonment of the president’s main rivals, the November 7 ballot unsurprisingly led to the re-election of Daniel Ortega.

A boy sells Daniel Ortega t-shirts.

Daniel Ortega has been part of the political landscape in Nicaragua since the 1970s when he participated in the overthrow of Anastasio Somoza.

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US President Joe Biden immediately called the election a comedy.

The Minister of Defense of Nicaragua as well as two generals are particularly targeted by these new sanctions for havingdead, 2000wounded, and the imprisonment of hundreds of political and civil society figures “,” text “:” suppressed political opposition and public demonstrations, resulting in over 300 deaths, 2,000 injured, and the imprisonment of hundreds of political figures and of civil society “}}”>suppressed political opposition and public demonstrations, resulting in more than 300 deaths, 2,000 injuries and the imprisonment of hundreds of political and civil society figures, says the statement from the US Treasury.

Two officials of the Nicaraguan telecoms gendarme are also punished after the removal by Meta (Facebook’s parent company) of a troll farm over 1000 fake accounts that tried to influence public opinion in favor of Daniel Ortega.

Together with the European Union

Sanctions are taken in concert with the European Union, specifies the US Treasury.

A few days after the November 7 election, Washington had already announced that it would ban Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, as well as a wide range of Nicaraguan ministers and officials, from entry into the United States, in a proclamation in the form of a harsh indictment against their reached to democracy.

The US Treasury also announced at the time financial sanctions against the Federal Prosecutor’s Office of Nicaragua and nine senior officials of the country. in response to the mock election orchestrated by the presidential couple.

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