OFFICIAL STATEMENT 065
Political events in Nicaragua

​The Government of Spain regrets the decision taken by the Nicaraguan Supreme Electoral Council to disqualify the country’s main opposition party - CxL (Ciudadanos Por La Libertad)

09/08/2021

Together with other measures recently taken by the Nicaraguan authorities, such as approving a non-consensual electoral reform that is far removed from the recommendations made by the OAS and the EU, the enactment of numerous pieces of restrictive legislation and, in particular, the arrest of leading members and election candidates for the opposition in November, this latest measure prevents the nascent electoral process from offering a credible result with all due guarantees.
 
The country urgently needs an independent and impartial electoral authority that is not controlled by the governing party. Only a credible, inclusive and transparent electoral process based on international democratic standards can offer a way out from the social, political and economic crisis in Nicaragua. 

The Government of Spain would like to remind the Nicaraguan State of its obligation to meet its international commitments on human rights and its own constitutional rules, thereby ensuring the rights and guarantees of all its citizens. 

The Government of Spain once again calls on the Government of Nicaragua to release the politicians arrested without delay, reinstate the opposition political parties and civil organisations and enable their free participation in the elections, and cease all forms of repression of opposition politicians and social stakeholders, along with its harassment of the independent media. 


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