June 26, 2022

Highlights
• Prior to his swearing ceremony, the Nicaraguan President had detained opponents and challengers in an attempt to sabotage the elections

In the wake of swearing ceremony of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, the country of the United States on Monday has imposed fresh sanctions on Nicaraguan officials. These officials are inclusive of the Nicaraguan defence minister and are aimed at ramping up pressure on the Nicaraguan President and his better half, Vice President Rosario Murillo.

According to a statement by the US Department of the Treasury, these sanctions have been imposed on six Nicaraguan officials in wake of accusations of state acts of violence, disinformation and targeting of independent media.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that in concert with democracies in the international community, the United States will continue to call out the Ortega-Murillo regime’s ongoing abuses and will deploy diplomatic and economic tools to support the restoration of democracy and respect for human rights in Nicaragua.

Prior to his swearing ceremony, the Nicaraguan President had detained opponents and challengers in an attempt to sabotage the elections.