The US Government is deeply concerned about Nicaraguan government and Supreme Court’s decisions to limit the democratic space before the presidential and legislative elections in November.
We urge Nicaraguan government to create a better environment to celebrate free and fair elections that will allow the Nicaraguan people to determine the future of their country,
said US State Department spokesman John Kirby.
In a statement issued in Washington, Kirby recalled that on June 8th the Supreme Court ruled against former Foreign Minister Eduardo Montealegre as legal representative of the Partido Liberal Independiente (PLI).
Montealegre led an opposition coalition for November elections in which president Daniel Ortega is trying to be reelected.
Kirby also mentioned National Assembly (Parliament) of Nicaragua’s decision, controlled by the Sandinistas, that agreed to dismiss 28 opposition legislators, and their alternates, from their positions popularly elected.
According to the US, credible elections and political pluralism are fundamental to any strong democracy.
Therefore, Kirby urged Nicaraguan government to respect people’s voice and establish impartial and transparent elections that allow the full participation of all Nicaraguan citizens.