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Puntarenas Sanchez Daniel Ortega demands “play fair” and release detained opponents | International

Sanchez, head of the Spanish government, is in San Jose this Friday with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado.STRINGER / Reuters

Head of Government of Spain, Puntarenas Sanchez, Took advantage of his visit to Costa Rica to comment on the crisis in Nicaragua. Sanchez asked the country’s president this Friday, Daniel Ortega, What Release enemies who have been detained in recent weeksIn a new wave of repression that clears the way for the third re-election of the former Santinista guerrilla, including four presidential loyalists. Sanchez has spoken out about the scheduled elections in November and called on Ortega to “play fair” and guarantee a free and transparent election process.

Political crisis in Nicaragua

“I would like to address President Ortega personally and directly: he plays fairly, liberates the enemy, and participates in that electoral process in a fair game and a fair war,” Sanchez said after concluding a meeting with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado during his official visit. “We are very concerned about what is happening in Nicaragua. It is not new. We have been dragging our feet for some years,” said the head of the Spanish government. Sanchez reaffirmed that Spain and the European Union share the same position on the Nicaraguan crisis, and said the camp’s commitment was “determined to defend rights, freedoms and democratic values.”

President Alvarado has expressed his concern over Ortega’s repression of political opposition and called for the release of prisoners. The only possible and acceptable path there is the release of political prisoners, candidates and the candidate. This is the only path that can be accepted from the point of view of the international community, and it is in the best interests of the people of Nicaragua, “said Alvarado.

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Costa Rica has not yet sent a new ambassador to Managua due to the country’s political crisis. Ambassador Xenia Vargas is still waiting for an order to begin her work as a representative before the Ortega regime. “The fact that four candidates for the presidency have been imprisoned in the face of this electoral process creates a situation that is clearly contrary to the democratic vision, which is why we have decided to suspend the visit of the ambassador,” it was justified this afternoon. President of Costa Rica.

Ortega has unleashed a new wave of repression in Nicaragua, Whose main purpose is to be the main candidate for the opposition candidate for the November election. Four major opposition parties were arrested on Tuesday on charges of “inciting foreign interference in domestic affairs,” including two presidential loyalists, a leading activist and the former president of the country’s main business chamber. These arrests have generated strong international rejection, including from the United States, which has classified the Ordega government as a “dictatorship.”

The first arrest was made after presidential candidate Felix Maradiaga, an academic and activist, was arrested after appearing in the attorney’s office, where they confirmed the investigation was open. Hours later, a raid was carried out on former finance minister Juan Sebastian Chamorro Garcia, the son-in-law of former president Violeta Barrios de Zamoro and who had publicized his intention to face Ortega in the November election. At night, activist Violeta Granora and former chairman of the High Council of Private Companies (COSEP) Jose Adan Aguri were detained at their homes.

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With the arrest of Maradiga and Chamorro Garcia, there are four candidates for the presidency who have been interrogated and detained in recent days. Christiana Zamoro, daughter of former President Violeta Barrios de Zamoro, was the main opposition candidate until June 2. The Ortega regime gave him house arrest. He is accused of embezzling money through a trust named after his mother. As a result of these arrests, the U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday announced new sanctions against the Ortega regime, which affected her daughter. Camila Ortega Murillo, And Leonardo Ovidio Reyes, chairman of the Central Bank; Deputy Edwin Castro Rivera, loyal political operator of the regime in the National Assembly; And General Julio Rodriguez Palladres of the Nicaraguan Army.

The Treasury Department has justified its sanctions, saying these individuals support a regime that “undermines democracy, abuses human rights, enacts repressive laws with severe economic consequences, and seeks to silence the independent media.”

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