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As Nicaragua government crackdown continues, police arrest business executives

MANAGUA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Nicaraguan police detained the 2 prime executives of the nation’s largest business affiliation on Thursday, amid a wave of arrests forward of Nov. 7 elections during which President Daniel Ortega will search a fourth consecutive time period, in line with the affiliation and authorities.

The Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP) president, Michael Healy, was detained after leaving an interview on the legal professional basic’s workplace, and its vp, Alvaro Vargas, was arrested at dwelling.

Both males are members of the Civic Alliance, an opposition group that has suffered the arrest of two presidential candidates.

The executives are accused of “laundering money, property and assets to the detriment of the Nicaraguan state and society,” in addition to calling for overseas intervention and sanctions in opposition to Nicaragua, native police stated in an announcement.

Ortega’s government has develop into more and more remoted and criticized internationally for its crackdowns in opposition to the president’s opponents and demanding media within the Central American nation he has dominated since returning to energy 15 years in the past.

Since June police have detained some 38 opposition leaders, together with presidential hopefuls.

COSEP in an announcement demanded the fast launch of its members and described the detentions as “illegal” and “arbitrary.”

“These repressive actions by the government are a direct attack on COSEP and its main leaders, which does not contribute to the peace and security that all citizens yearn for,” stated the affiliation. “Nicaragua needs respect for human rights and democracy.”

Nicaraguans will head to the polls on Nov. 7 to elect the nation’s president, vp, and renew Congress.

Ortega, who first ruled as president between 1985 and 1990, was once more elected president in 2007 and has served since then.

The Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday expressed “alarm” over Nicaraguan government actions it says will undermine the elections. The OAS everlasting council adopted a decision to induce truthful elections and the discharge of presidential candidates and political prisoners. learn extra

Reporting by Ismael Lopez in Managua
Writing by Anthony Esposito
Editing by Matthew Lewis

A man adjusts his face mask while walking by a banner promoting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, as presidential election campaigns begin, in Managua, Nicaragua September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Maynor Valenzuela

Nicaragua's Michael Healy, President of Superior Council of Private Companies (COSEP), speaks to the media after leaving the prosecutors office in Managua, Nicaragua October 21, 2021. Healy was arrested on October 21, 2021 according to local media, ahead of the country's presidential elections.  REUTERS/Maynor Valenzuela

Nicaragua's Michael Healy, President of Superior Council of Private Companies (COSEP), speaks to the media after leaving the prosecutors office in Managua, Nicaragua October 21, 2021. Healy was arrested on October 21, 2021 according to local media, ahead of the country's presidential elections.  REUTERS/Maynor Valenzuela

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