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Nicaragua: the new Parliament took office, supporter addicted to the Daniel Ortega regime

Nicaragua inaugurated this Sunday the sessions of the new Parliament, which promises to support the fourth consecutive term that President Daniel Ortega will officially assume on Monday, along with his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo, according to an official source.

The installation of the legislative period 2022-2026 was directed by the president of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), Brenda Rocha, who took the oath to 91 deputies, of which 75 belong to the ruling Sandinista Front and 16 to right-wing parties.

At the head of the seven-member Legislative Board of Directors, the Sandinista deputy Gustavo Porras, close to the presidential couple, was reelected.

Porras promised to work in favor of “the definitive independence” of the country, alluding to the government’s rejection of any type of foreign interference in its internal affairs.

“We are going to continue working in favor of peace, of the definitive independence of our country, independence in all senses,” said the deputy, who has led the legislature for five years.

During his tenure, controversial projects have been approved, such as the cybercrime law that punishes false news, that of foreign agents, and other legal reforms that criminalize protests and establish life imprisonment.

In 2019, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Porras and other Nicaraguan officials for enacting repressive laws and prosecute citizens who exercise their fundamental freedoms, among other reasons.

Porras will chair the board of directors with the support of five Sandinista and two Liberal deputies.

The ALN deputy Alejandro Mejía and the Sandinistas Wilfredo Navarro, Loria Dixon and Gustavo Porras. Photo Jorge Torres / EFE

Parliament as Ortega’s puppet

The 16 right-wing deputies that make up the parliament are 10 from the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC), two from the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance (ALN), two from the Independent Liberal Party (PLI), one from the Alliance for the Republic (APRE) and one from Yatama indigenous party.

The political opposition, which does not have a seat in Congress and was excluded from the elections on November 7, brand these right-wing legislators as “collaborators” of the government.

Ortega, a 76-year-old ex-guerrilla who has ruled since 2007 by virtue of three successive re-elections, won his fourth consecutive term in November with his main opposition rivals imprisoned or in exile.

In his new term, Ortega will once again have the necessary votes to promote ordinary laws and initiatives with constitutional rank from Congress.

He will govern, however, under threats of sanctions from the United States, the OAS and countries that have questioned his re-election due to the repression he exercised against opponents before the elections.

This Monday, Ortega will assume office in an official ceremony that will be attended by official delegates from China -the new ally of Nicaragua after the break in diplomatic relations with Taiwan last December-, from Venezuela, Cuba, Iran and Honduras, among others, the government reported.

Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo will assume this Monday.  Photo César Pérez / Presidency of Nicaragua / AFP

Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo will assume this Monday. Photo César Pérez / Presidency of Nicaragua / AFP

The assumption of Ortega

After imprisoning dozens of opponents and accused by international organizations of human rights violations, Daniel Ortega assumes his fifth and fourth consecutive term, in a ceremony to be held in the Plaza de la Revolución, in Managua, with the support of Argentina and a handful of governments around the world.

With the attendance of very few foreign delegations, the Sandinista leader will assume his new mandate after winning the controversial November 7 elections with more than 40 opposition leaders arrested.

Among them, seven candidates for the presidency led by the favorite in the polls, Cristiana Chamorro, who on Saturday served 220 days of home detention.

Argentina will attend the ceremony represented by its ambassador, Daniel Capitanich, despite the fact that the elections were described as a “pantomime” by the United States and rejected by the European Union for its lack of transparency.

With information from AFP

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