Civil rights groups are criticizing President Daniel Ortega for his opposition to the November election.
Nicaragua’s main coalition has called for a former civil rights activist and a beautiful queen if she wants to run for President Daniel Ortega in the November election.
The announcement of the Citizens Alliance for Liberty (CXL) Wednesday comes in the middle a wave of arrests of protesters, with more than a dozen people – including seven hoping to become president – were arrested two months ago.
Oscar Sobalvarro, 68, said he did not expect to be elected but insisted that he “take the baton” from the detainees, an idea he said was “not easy or harmless”.
Her partner is 27-year-old Berenice Quezada, Miss Nicaragua, who has no political background.
Civil rights groups and international observers have criticized Ortega for leading a rivalry ahead of the November election, with the 75-year-old seeking a fourth consecutive term.
Among those arrested by the Ortega government are five CXL leaders who are expected to run for president, as well as leaders have criticized students and other critics in Central America.
The United States has imposed sanctions and visa bans among officials affiliated with the Ortega government, while the Organization of American States (OAS) has urged him to release detainees and ensure free elections take place.
The longtime president has justified the arrest, saying his superiors were prosecuting the people who were plotting against him. Many were arrested on tough laws approved by parliament in December that were widely criticized as a way to cool down opponents and silence opponents.
Speaking at a public ceremony on Sunday, Ortega criticized the country’s opposition, saying it was part of “Yankee’s principles” and that critics “are not ashamed”.
“They should no longer be called Nicaraguans… The empire exploits them and if they win, they will be expelled,” said Ortega, who often refers to the US as a “kingdom” when speaking.
“The government does not want elections in Nicaragua, the government wants to boycott them, it wants to sow terrorism in our country,” he said.
But government agencies and human rights activists have criticized the 75-year-old – who ruled Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990 and returned to power in 2007, and won two successive elections since then – for more power.
The CXL will strongly oppose Ortega and his vice president and his wife, Rosario Murrillo, 70, who represent the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), in the November election.
Sobalvarro is a former member of Contras, a US-backed wing wing and fought a three-year war against the Sandinista regime under Ortega in the 1980’s.
The announcement of the CXL presidential ticket at a hotel in Managua headquarters was greeted by hundreds of supporters chanting “Yes you can”, “Freedom” and “Freedom for political prisoners”, as hundreds of riot police surrounded the building.