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Ortega Backtracks, Will Allow Entry to European MPs

In Managua, the "rotonderos" have disappeared and there is a diminished police presence in anticipation of the arrival of EU parliamentarians

Under pressure from the Europeans the Government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo did an about face and will allow this week the entry into the country of a delegation of the European Parliament.

In the photo by La Prensa, in Managua, on Tuesday, there was a decreased police presence and the “rotonderos”  in anticipation of the European Union Delgation visit today, Wednesday, January 23.

Last Friday the Government had vetoed the entry, under the argument that members of the Parliament have issued some “threatening or disrespectful statements” against the Government, although they did not present any evidence of their allegation.

Sources linked to the European Parliament Members (MEPs) indicated that the government officially informed them that the delegation “will be received and can fulfill its agenda”.

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If they were not allowed to enter, the mission planned to reorient their visit to Costa Rica, to meet in that country with the community of Nicaraguans, exiles and refugees.

The mission, led by Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, of the Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) of Spain, intends to meet with Ortega government officials and representatives of the opposition and civil society of Nicaragua.

The objective is to learn firsthand what has happened in the country since last April, when the socio-political crisis began.

The EU ambassador to Nicaragua, Kenny Bell, told the media that the MEPs, who will arrive today, Wednesday January 23rd, will prepare a report, which will be taken into account for future EU decisions on Nicaragua.

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“Parliament is the co-legislator and responsible for the budget of the European Union, these are its functions; Parliament is a co-manager of the funds and co-legislator in everything, that is the power they have in their hands,” explained Bell.

“The parliamentarians come with their own freedom of opinion, of expression; and it is difficult to know in advance what is going to happen. I know that some are very well informed, prepared. I cannot predict what they are going to say, what they will find. Their first objective is to see what the situation is like, to talk to the authorities, with all the different actors and from there we will know what they are going to say, what they will conclude,” Bell told the El Nuevo Diaro.

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