Nicaragua’s Parliament Passes Law to Sideline Adversaries in 2021 Election

The controversial law, passed as a matter of urgency, prevents those who the government considers "coup-plotters" or "terrorists" from running for public office and popular election, despite the fact that the current constitution establishes full political participation rights for all citizens with no exception.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Nicaraguan Parliament, controlled by Daniel Ortega, on Monday, December 21st, passed by a large majority a law preventing opposition candidates from running in the 2021 elections. Almost in parallel, the United States announced new sanctions against three Ortega officials.

In an extraordinary session, the 70 Sandinista deputies passed the so-called "Law in Defense of the Rights of the People to Independence, Sovereignty and Self-Determination for Peace". Fourteen deputies of the Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC) voted against it for considering it "unconstitutional".

The controversial law, passed as a matter of urgency, prevents those whom . . .

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