OAS Permanent Council will evaluate the situation in Nicaragua next Monday

OAS Permanent Council will evaluate the situation in Nicaragua next Monday
OAS Permanent Council will evaluate the situation in Nicaragua next Monday

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold an extraordinary virtual session next Monday, in which it will evaluate the situation in Nicaragua in accordance with the OAS charter and the Inter-American Democratic Charter. This was announced this afternoon by the agency.

That session, scheduled for 12:30 Nicaraguan time, will be held in compliance with the mandate of the last resolution of the OAS General Assembly, the agency’s statement said.

On November 12, the OAS General Assembly approved a resolution on “The situation in Nicaragua” that declared the general elections of November 7 illegitimate and sent an evaluation by the Permanent Council of the country’s crisis, before of the 30th of this month.

The Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), held by Ortega magistrates, declared Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo the winner with 75 percent of the votes, despite the fact that the entire electoral process lost credibility due to the repression against opponents, which ended in jail or exile.

The resolution was approved with 25 votes in favor, seven abstentions, one against (Nicaragua) and one absence. The General Assembly is the highest authority of the hemispheric organization, made up of 34 countries.

Read also: OAS General Assembly passes resolution declaring Nicaraguan elections illegitimate

Point five of the approved document instructed the Permanent Council to carry out this collective and immediate evaluation, in accordance with the Charter of the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Democratic Charter. That resolution was approved by the General Assembly itself five days after the “electoral farce” orchestrated by the Ortega Murillo regime.

The regime’s response

In response to that resolution and to the international rejection of the rigged votes of November 7, the regime ordered Foreign Minister Denis Moncada to present Nicaragua’s official resignation to the OAS on November 19.

“We are resigning and disassociating ourselves from that organization, terminating the link between the Nicaraguan State and the OAS,” Moncada said during his appearance in the official media.

Read also: Ortega resigns from the OAS and begins the process of leaving Nicaragua from the organization

The regime accuses the body of repeatedly committing interference in the internal affairs of Nicaragua, the same argument it uses whenever any country or body suggests that it release the more than 150 political prisoners it has, respect the human rights of the Nicaraguans and put the country back on the path of democracy.

According to political analysts and former diplomats, Ortega is trying to avoid being expelled by the OAS General Assembly from the hemispheric body, because the resignation process lasts at least two years.

But these same specialists have explained that the organization can expel the country sooner and still force it to comply with its international commitments.

Read also: Nicaragua’s exit process from the OAS does not prevent the application of the Democratic Charter, say specialists

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