The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, began his fifth term of five years, fourth consecutive and second along with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, supported by China, Russia, Venezuela and Cuba, and isolated from the US and the European Union (EU), which have punished his wife and children.
The 76-year-old former Sandinista guerrilla who has governed without checks and balances in Nicaragua since 2012, swore together with Murillo in a ceremony that was held in the Plaza de la Revolución, in Managua, a day after the new National Assembly (Parliament) was installed, where the ruling party controls 75 of the 91 seats.
Until now, only the dictator of Cuba, Miguel Diaz–Canel, has confirmed his attendance at the inauguration of Ortega and Murillo. “We return to the endearing Managua, capital of Nicaragua, another sovereign nation that left the imperial backyard. We come loaded with solidarity at the inauguration of Brother Daniel. Cuba lives ”Díaz-Canel wrote in a message on Twitter.
One of the first leaders to arrive in the Central American country was the dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, who before journalists who were at the airport highlighted the ties of “solidarity” and “brotherhood” between the two countries.
“We extend our congratulations to the people of Nicaragua for the exemplary electoral process they recently experienced., and now the inauguration of Commander President Daniel Ortega, which shows the vitality of Nicaraguan democracy, “said Maduro.
China, Ortega’s new ally, that severed relations with Taiwan after almost 15 years followed in power, will be represented by Cao Jianming, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly (ANP, the Chinese Legislative), acting as special envoy to President Xi Jinping. The Iranian delegation will be led by the Vice President of Economic Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Moshen Rezai, while Russia has not announced who will represent him.
Ortega has been in power since 2007 after having coordinated a Governing Board of 1979 a 1985 and preside over the country for the first time from 1985 to 1990. The Sandinista leader may remain in office until January 2027 and turning 20 years in a row in power, an unprecedented case in the recent history of Nicaragua and in present-day Latin America.
It was imposed last November in an election in which His main political rivals did not participate because, in the previous months, the authorities dissolved three political parties and arrested more than 40 opposition leaders, including seven presidential hopefuls, including the independent Cristiana Chamorro, the favorite, according to polls.
In reaction, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution in which it assured that these elections lacked “Democratic legitimacy” and they were neither free, nor fair, nor transparent.
Meanwhile, the United States described the election as “pantomime“, And the European Union (EU) of”fake”, And since April 2018, when a popular revolt broke out against the Ortega government, which forcibly neutralized them and left hundreds of deaths and detainees and thousands in exile, has imposed sanctions on close friends of Ortega.
The Sandinista government accused of “interference”To the hemispheric body and denounced the Charter of the OAS, its founding document signed in 1948, a process that will take two years for its withdrawal from the entity to take effect.
Various opposition organizations have called a day of protest in various countries under the slogan “Nicaragua does not have a government or legitimate powers of the State”. Nicaraguan exiles in Costa Rica held a vigil on Sunday night to express their rejection of the new mandate of Ortega, whom they consider illegitimate.
With banners and candles, and many of them dressed in the blue and white of the Nicaraguan flag, the exiles gathered in the Plaza de la Democracia, in the capital of Costa Rica, a place that has become the meeting point of Nicaraguans for this type of activity.
The motto “Ortega illegitimate”Is the main message that motivated this demonstration, called by various organizations of exiles and the Nicaraguan opposition that have been operating from Costa Rica for months. Costa Rica, a neighbor of Nicaragua, is one of the main places for Nicaraguan exile, along with other nations such as the United States.
(With information from EFE)