(posted Dec. 16, 1:20 p.m.) – Antonio López-Istúriz, secretary general of the European People’s Party (EPP), issued a joint statement this week with U.S. Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) denouncing Nicaragua’s Nov. 6 elections and calling on both the U.S. and EU to take immediate action.
“The November 6 presidential and congressional elections showed a blatant disregard for democratic principles” said López-Istúriz. “The lack of transparency leaves the election results unverifiable. The international community should not let the results stand without accountability”.
“From both sides of the Atlantic, we call on the international community to stand united in denouncing the actions of leaders who manipulate democratic institutions for personal gain. The international community should be equally forceful in encouraging the Nicaraguan Government to adhere to its laws, comply fully with Nicaragua’s commitment to the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and respect the right of the Nicaraguan people to participate in a fair, transparent and accountable electoral process,” the Dec. 12 statement reads.
The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 74 member-parties from 39 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council, and European Parliament, 16 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government, 13 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.