Marco Rubio: the Elections Held in Nicaragua Were a Sham

This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Mary., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, Bob Menendez, D-NJ, Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, issued the following statement after the elections in Nicaragua on Sunday.

The senators insisted the elections were a “sham.”

“We strongly condemn the Ortega-Murillo regime’s fraudulent attempt to maintain power in Nicaragua through the sham elections on November 7, after arresting and imprisoning members of civil society and the political opposition. These elections were neither free, nor fair, and as such the results do not represent the will of the Nicaraguan people,” the senators said.

“Democratic nations in our hemisphere and around the world must recognize the regime as the crude dictatorship it has become. The United States must use every diplomatic and economic tool at its disposal in support of the Nicaraguan people’s quest for freedom and to hold the Ortega-Murillo regime, and its enablers in Nicaragua, accountable. Member states of the Organization of American States must live up to their commitments to defend democratic governance in the region under the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” the senators added.

Rubio is the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues.

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