Nicaragua Says US Intervention Ahead of Elections Violates International Law
Nicaragua sharply criticized a proposal by U.S. lawmakers that would require the Central American country, which will hold elections in November, to make political changes in order to receive international loans.
“We reject as a violation of international law and the United Nations Charter, the proposals and initiatives presented in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States,” the government said in a statement.
The Nicaraguan government was responding to the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act, a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. A version was introduced by Senator Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate earlier this month.
The bill proposes blocking Nicaragua from obtaining loans from international financial institutions unless the country “is taking effective steps to hold free, fair, and transparent elections.”
The House bill was co-sponsored by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a far-right political figure who has made a name for herself in Washington through her fierce opposition to the Cuban revolutionary government and other leftist regimes in Latin America.
U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Laura Dogu met with Ros-Lehtinen earlier this week to discuss the upcoming elections in Nicaragua.
The Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega, an ally of leftist governments in the region, added that the bill was “part of the interventionist policy that throughout history has intervened in our internal and sovereign political, social and economic processes.”
For years the U.S. has imposed sanctions on countries with governments that are not aligned to Washington’s policies.
The Nicaraguan government noted in its statement that Washington’s criticisms tend to increase ahead of elections.
The U.S. government refused to recognize the 2013 presidential election in Venezuela, contributing to a climate of instability. Venezuela accused Washington of attempting to legitimize opposition claims of fraud, despite a lack of evidence.
On Nov. 6, Nicaraguans will vote for president and 90 members of the National Assembly.
President Daniel Ortega is the clear favorite as he seeks his third consecutive term, besting his nearest rival by 61 points in a recent poll. The country’s main opposition group has opted to boycott the elections.