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Biden bans Nicaraguan President Ortega and his wife and Vice President Murillo from entering the US

Washington also expands the national emergency with respect to Nicaragua

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, on Tuesday prohibited the entry into the country of several Nicaraguan officials, including his counterpart, Daniel Ortega, and his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo, for their “repressive” actions against other political actors. and civil society during the previous elections on November 7, without broad international recognition.

The decision, Biden assured, is motivated by “the importance” for the United States “of promoting democratic processes in Nicaragua” and “helping the Nicaraguan people achieve their democratic aspirations.”

“Given the suppression of Human Rights and democracy in Nicaragua, I have determined that it is in the interest of the United States to restrict and suspend the entry (…) of the president, Daniel Ortega, and his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo,” says Biden in a statement from the White House.

“The authoritarian and undemocratic actions of the Ortega government have paralyzed the electoral process and stripped the right of Nicaraguan citizens to elect their leaders in free and fair elections,” explained the President of the United States.

Biden has listed the alleged violations and outrages that the Ortega government would have committed against opposition and civil society leaders, as well as representatives of student organizations, who, among other things, he points out, have not been guaranteed their right to a fair trial.

“The Ortega government controls multiple security services, including non-uniformed, armed and masked police officers, who abuse people to promote their authoritarian agenda,” Biden said.

In addition to Ortega and Murillo, the prohibition to enter the United States also falls on various government officials, including mayors, deputy mayors, or political secretaries; security agents, the military, senior members of the judiciary, administrative and ministerial personnel, and even teaching personnel, as well as the families of all these people.

“Municipal officials, acting under the direct orders of the Ortega government, have directed violence against pro-democracy protesters (…). The climate of fear established and perpetuated by these municipal officials has diminished the possibility of free elections and fair, “he points out.

“The judiciary has failed the Nicaraguan people … By filling the judiciary with government-controlled judges and prosecutors, the justice system has been abused to silence critics,” continues Biden.

In turn, the tenant of the White House has also asked Congress to expand the national emergency with respect to Nicaragua in the face of “the unusual and threat” that an executive order in force since the past poses to the interests and foreign policy of the United States. November 27, 2018 in response to the “repression and indiscriminate violence” of the Ortega government on the protests of April of that year.

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