Clinton: Nicaragua’s elections were ‘setback to democracy’

(posted Jan. 25, 6:20 p.m.)- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today released a press statement calling Nicaragua’s Nov. 6 general elections a “setback to democracy in Nicaragua.”

“Nicaragua’s recent elections were not conducted in a transparent and impartial manner, and the entire electoral process was marred by significant irregularities,” Clinton said in a Jan. 25 State Department release, in response to the final report of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) election observation mission to Nicaragua. “The elections marked a setback to democracy in Nicaragua and undermined the ability of Nicaraguans to hold their government accountable.”

Clinton said the OAS report “provides a basis for the OAS to assess all available initiatives to strengthen democracy in Nicaragua, consistent with the principles enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.”

She said the United States would continue to work with “our partners in the and elsewhere to conduct such an assessment, so as to hold the Government of Nicaragua accountable for the timely implementation of the report’s recommendations.”

Clinton said the U.S. government also looks forward to reviewing the final report for the EU’ election observation mission, due next month.

In the meantime, she said, the U.S. will review its policy of assistance toward Nicaragua.

“The United States will continue to apply aggressive scrutiny to project loans at the Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank, and we will oppose any loan proposals that do not meet these institutions’ high standards, or do not provide sufficient development impact,” she said.

Germany has already decided to cut funding to Nicaragua in response to last November’s elections.

“The United States calls on the Nicaraguan government to uphold democratic processes and protect universal human rights. We will continue to support civil society and promote human rights in Nicaragua,” Clinton said. “The Nicaraguan people, like people everywhere, deserve the right to have their voices heard; they deserve no less than fair, free, transparent elections, and leaders who are accountable to them.”

  • Felipe Hernandez C

    Ahora, quien aguanta los berridos de la Chamuca y Masmudo Ortega!! Ahora se la tragaran todita por robarlse las elecciones!! Par de payasos!!

  • Pedro Arauz

    The key lies in understanding that “politics” isn’t just about choosing one candidate or another, or even about choosing one party or another. Politics is the relationship between the individual and the State. And it is this relationship we humans have been struggling to get right for thousands of years. We’ve tried everything — kingdoms, empires, left-wing dictatorships, right-wing dictatorships, socialist models, models based on religion, and all sorts of democracies and republics.

    “I’ve mixed with politicians a fair amount. Let me tell you: They don’t have much of a clue.”

    So yes, in fact it is high time to change our policy towards Cuba. We should work to impose a genuine embargo on the terror-sponsoring police state that jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s, murdered more of them than pre-war Hitler’s, that stole $2 billion from American stockholders and businessmen while murdering a few who resisted.

    In 2001 Fidel Castro, arm-in-arm with Ayatollah Khamenei, pledged “to bring America to her knees!” Castro’s agent Ana Belen achieved the deepest penetration of our Defense Department in modern history. We arrested her a week after 9-11, in case you’ve forgotten. Just two weeks ago Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was chumming it up with the Castro brothers on a visit to Cuba stressing the bonds and actions that bind the two regimes.

  • Pedro Arauz

    I recall Lord Melbourne’s observation:

    What all the wise men promised has not happened, and what all the damned fools said would happen has come to pass.

  • Erick

    This has nothing to do with “democracy”.

    • Felipe Hernandez C

      Who cares? The main issue right now is who is going to replace the WorldBank-IMF and IDB financing and loans?

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  • Pedro Arauz

    Mientras el exembajador de Estados Unidos en la Comisión de Derechos Humanos de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU), Armando Valladares, dijo que no caben las interpretaciones en relación a las actuaciones del presidente Ortega.

    “Es una práctica ilegal, totalitaria y de fuerza, eso no es interpretativo. Ortega aparte de violar la Constitución para reelegirse, el fraude electoral que se produjo en Nicaragua, no tiene precedentes en la historia de América Latina, y por supuesto que todo mundo sabe quien es Daniel Ortega, un marxista leninista, ladrón y bandolero, no hay episodio más bochornoso para la historia de Nicaragua, que en los que ha participado Ortega y su esposa”.

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