U.S., EU issue Nicaragua sanctions on Ortega’s inauguration day

– The Usa on Monday imposed sanctions on six Nicaraguan officials in coordinated motion with the ecu Union, marking the day of President Daniel Ortega’s inauguration following an election Washington has denounced as rigged.

The U.S. Treasury Division in a statement mentioned it imposed sanctions on several Nicaraguan officials over accusations of state acts of violence, disinformation and targeting of independent media, designating the minister of defense, amongst others.

U.S. President Joe Biden in November ripped into Ortega, calling Nicaragua’s presidential election a “pantomime” as the former Marxist guerrilla and Cold Conflict adversary of the Usa gained election for a fourth consecutive time period after jailing political competitors and cracking down on critical media.

“The Ortega-Murillo regime continues its subjugation of democracy through effectuating sham elections, silencing non violent competition, and maintaining masses of people as political prisoners,” Under Secretary for Terrorism And Fiscal Intelligence Brian Nelson said within the remark.

“The Usa and our partners are sending a transparent message to President Ortega, Vice Chairman Murillo, and their inner circle that we continue to stand with the Nicaraguan folks of their requires the quick release of those political prisoners and a return to democracy.”

The Treasury motion also focused officials of the army, the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Mail and the state-owned Nicaraguan Mining Corporate.

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