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UK sanctions senior Nicaraguan officials for ‘rigged’ elections

Sanctions include travel ban and asset freeze

TODAY NICARAGUA – The United Kingdom announced on Monday sanctions against eight senior Nicaraguan officials, including the country’s vice-president and first lady, Rosario Murillo, after the “rigged” presidential elections on November 7.

“The Ortega regime is denying the Nicaraguan people their basic human rights,” said Wendy Morton, UK Secretary of State for Europe and the Americas.

“The recent presidential elections were rigged and opposition politicians and peaceful protesters were systematically imprisoned for political purposes,” she added in a statement.

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Among the targets of the sanctions, agreed with the United States, are Vice President Rosario Murillo, wife of President Daniel Ortega, “for her involvement in the repression of the demonstrations,” as well as senior magistrates such as the president of the Supreme Court.

The president of the National Assembly and police officials are also on the list.

The sanctions include a travel ban and freezing of assets against those who, according to the UK, are “responsible for undermining the democratic principles and institutions of Nicaragua”, for “serious violations of human rights and the repression of civil society.”

Nicaraguan citizens exiled in Costa Rica during a demonstration against the Nicaraguan elections and President Daniel Ortega, in San José, Costa Rica, on November 7. (EZEQUIEL BECERRA / AFP)

The measure was taken in coordination with the United States and Canada, stressed the UK, which is working on other coordinated actions with these countries, as well as with the European Union.

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Daniel Ortega was reelected on November 7 to a fourth five-year term in an unopposed vote, following the imprisonment or exile of his main rivals.

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