Another possible challenge from Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is being arrested, which has led to criticism of the American diplomat.
Nicaraguan authorities have arrested a third potential presidential candidate amid mounting pressure from President Daniel Ortega ahead of this year’s election.
Felix Maradjaga, 44, was detained on Tuesday after appearing at a state ministry where prosecutors were investigating him for aiding and abetting a sovereignty-terrorism operation. international sanctions against the government.
Maradiga is the leader of the Blue and White Alliance, a group that emerged in 2018 following protests against Ortega’s rule. He testified against government repression at the UN Security Council that same year.
Two other opposition politicians were arrested last week for plotting to oust Ortega.
Christian Chamorro He was placed under house arrest on charges of money laundering by the government Arturo Cruz He was remanded in custody so that prosecutors could investigate allegations of “provocation …: conspiracy to damage national integrity.”
According to police, Maradiaga is “being investigated for violating independence, sovereignty, self-determination, inciting foreign interference in internal affairs, and demanding military intervention.”
He is accused of using “foreign powers to carry out acts of terrorism and destabilization.”
These are likely to make the allegations against Maradiaga the most serious of the allegations made against Ortega.
The allegations relate to a law passed by Ortega’s predominant ally in December, which lawmakers say has protected Nicaragua’s “sovereignty” from hostile external influences.
But critics say it is aimed preventing opposition politicians from standing for election.
Under the auspices of the Left Ortega, it bans “those who ask, mark and applaud the sanctions against the state of Nicaragua.”
Ortega, a former rebel fighter who ruled from 1979 to 1990, returned to power in 2007 and won two consecutive re-elections.
But he was accused by the opposition, NGOs, and the United States of brutally suppressing authoritarian protests.
Both the European Union and the United States have imposed sanctions on Ortega’s government.
“The arbitrary arrest of presidential candidate Felix Maradiaga should resolve Ortega’s remaining doubts about his credentials as dictator.” he said Latin Ulia Chung, Chief Diplomat of the Latin American United States.
“The international community has no choice but to treat it as such.”