US President Joe Biden on Tuesday banned Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Moreau, who is the vice president and a large number of the country’s ministers and officials, from entering the United States, in an announcement that resembles an indictment because of their “violations” of democracy.
In addition, Biden, after Ortega’s contested victory for a new presidential term in the November 7 elections, considered it “the duty of the United States to act” against the “repression and violations” practiced by Ortega’s government and those who support it.
“I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to restrict and suspend entry into the United States of members of the government of Nicaragua led by President Daniel Ortega, including his wife and Vice President Rosario” and all those involved in actions that “undermine democratic institutions” in that country, he added.
The list includes children
The very long list of undesirable persons includes elected officials, members of their offices, mayors and their deputies accused of “violating human rights to punish peaceful demonstrators” as well as a whole series of senior officials in the security services, government agencies, prison services, the judiciary and the Ministry of Interior.
The President of Nicaragua and his wife
In addition to the state apparatus, the resolution includes all those who have contributed to actions condemned by Washington and also prohibits the wives and children of those who are subject to sanctions from entering the United States.
On Monday, the US Treasury announced financial sanctions against the Federal Prosecutor’s Office of Nicaragua and nine senior officials “in response to the sham elections orchestrated by President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Moreau.”
The United States has also threatened to impose sanctions since the November 7 elections, which the opposition was barred from running after the president’s most prominent opponents were imprisoned. Biden immediately called the election a “farce.” It led, as expected, to the re-election of Daniel Ortega for a fourth term.
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