(posted Nov. 22 5:58 p.m.)- The U.S. State Department today released a rare statement on Nicaragua’s political situation to express its concern with the proposed changes to the country’s constitution.
“We are following very closely the constitutional measures proposed by President Ortega and his administration. We are concerned that steps that concentrate power and undermine checks and balances will be harmful to democracy and could hurt the long-term economic development so important to the Nicaraguan people,” reads the U.S. government statement attributed to DOS spokeswoman Jen Psaki, in Washington, D.C.
“We hope that the government and all sectors of Nicaraguan society can discuss fully the meaning of these proposals and their long-term potential impact on Nicaragua’s democracy and prosperity,” the statement reads.
The Sandinistas’ proposed constitutional reforms have been opposed by Nicaragua’s political opposition parties, civil society, the Catholic Church and the Nicaraguan-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).