Nicaragua’s National Assembly (parliament) on Wednesday approved the entry of troops from Cuba, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Russia, Taiwan and Venezuela for “transaction and humanitarian assistance.” For mutual benefit in emergencies ”.
At the request of re-elected President Daniel Ortega, the entry was hastily approved by a total of 90 votes out of a total of 73 votes in the ruling majority parliament and 73 votes from its allies.
Legislators approved the entry of foreign ships, aircraft and military personnel from those 10 countries, which, according to the executive order, were sent to parliament on Tuesday and approved expeditiously a day later.
All Armed Forces will enter Nicaragua in the first semester of 2022, as part of the annual exercise of “training and exchange of experiences”, according to legislative authority.
Ortega explained in its statement that the Nicaraguan military “currently maintains wonderful relations of friendship and international cooperation with other armed forces and forces in other countries.” Collaboration “.
Regardless of the political context, despite parliament approving the entry of foreign troops into Nicaraguan territory every six months, it has caused controversy since the popular uprising of April 2018, beginning with controversial social security reforms. President due to death balance in demonstrations.
Nicaragua is suffering just weeks after the arrests and accusations of more than 40 opposition leaders and independent experts, critics or political opponents, including seven who wanted to run for president in the November 7 election. Much of the international community.
The 51st General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) considered the elections imposed by Ortega for the fifth and fourth time in a row to be “free, fair or transparent, not democratically legitimate”. .
In response, Nicaragua denounced the OAS charter and announced its withdrawal from the organization, which took two years to take effect. EFE
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