US Could Impose Venezuela-Like Sanctions on Nicaragua

The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday during a congressional hearing that the U.S. could impose sanctions against the Nicaraguan government if it poses a similar threat as Venezuela.

“If the threat is similar and the risks are similar, we will respond in a similar fashion”, Pompeo told the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee when asked if the United States is willing to put sanctions on Nicaragua as it did against Venezuela.

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On February 27, Nicaragua’s government and opposition resumed long-stalled dialogue on resolving the country’s political crisis, with Apostolic Nuncio Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag acting as a mediator. On the same day, the government freed 100 individuals whom the opposition viewed as political prisoners.

The last attempt to establish a dialogue between the government of Daniel Ortega and the Alianza Civica (opposition) took place in mid-2018, with the Catholic Church acting as a mediator. However, that round brought no results.

According to this survey, the majority of Nicaraguans (87%) are convinced that the process of dialogue/negotiation is the solution to this deep crisis that began in April 2018.

Nicaragua has been in a political crisis since April 2018 when people took to the streets to protest unpopular social security reforms announced by Ortega. Despite the president canceling the reforms a few days later, protests ensued with people redirecting their discontent at Ortega.

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According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 317 people were killed in approximately three months following the protests’ outbreak. The Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry maintains that the number is 198.

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