Nicaragua in Brief: Political Developments in 2021, U.S. Policy, and Issues for Congress [July 30, 2021] [open pdf - 906KB]
From the Overview: "Increasing government crackdowns in Nicaragua against the opposition, journalists, and government critics in 2021 have elevated international concerns, including among Members of Congress, about political developments and the human rights situation in the country. President Daniel Ortega, who was inaugurated to his third consecutive and fourth overall five-year term as president on January 10, 2017, is a polarizing figure both at home and abroad for what many characterize as his increasingly authoritarian rule and recent oppressive actions. General elections, including for the presidency and the National Assembly, are scheduled to be held on November 7, 2021; Ortega appears unlikely to carry out electoral and human rights reforms recommended by the international community before that time. In the absence of such reforms, elections are likely to assure his party's continuance in power and lead the domestic opposition and international community to contest their legitimacy."
CRS Report for Congress, R46860
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