The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has arrested 17 opposition figures this month, including five presidential candidates.
Mexico and Argentina have recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua for consultations in response to President Daniel Ortega’s growing crackdown on the opposition, a joint statement said on Monday.
Both countries want to consult their ambassadors on “the worrying political-legal actions that the Nicaraguan government has taken in recent days and that have endangered the well-being and freedom of various opposition figures [including presidential pre-candidates], Nicaraguan activists and businessmen “, said their foreign ministries. They want to promote a dialogue with the Ortega government.
Argentina and Mexico will continue to press for “full respect and promotion of human rights,” as well as civil and political liberties, according to the statement.
Mexico and Argentina had broken up with other people in the region last week by not voting in favor of one Resolution of the Organization of American States condemning more than a dozen recent arrests in Nicaragua of key opposition figures.
They offered to help foster dialogue to resolve the situation in the Central American country, which is scheduled to hold presidential elections in November.
Nicaraguan authorities have arrested 17 opposition figures this month, including five possible presidential candidates, sparking international condemnation and new US sanctions.
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On Sunday night, journalist and presidential hopeful Miguel Mora was arrested at his home for “inciting foreign interference in internal affairs and requesting military intervention,” according to authorities.
The Nicaraguan government says the detainees are U.S.-funded “usurpers” to overthrow Ortega.
The 75-year-old American ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, returned to power in 2007 and has since won two successive re-elections.
He is expected to seek a fourth term in the upcoming November elections, although he has not yet confirmed that he will.