US says Nicaragua's November election has 'lost all credibility'

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday (Aug 7) said Nicaragua’s November election had “lost all credibility,” accusing President Daniel Ortega of “autocratic” manoeuvres to crush opponents.

“The United States views the regime’s latest undemocratic, authoritarian actions – driven by Ortega’s fear of an electoral loss – as the final blow against Nicaragua’s prospects for a free and fair election later this year,” Blinken said in a statement.

“That electoral process, including its eventual results, has lost all credibility.”

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