A man walks past a mural of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega during general elections Image: Andres Nunes/ASSOCIATED PRESS/picture alliance
Nicaragua decides to leave OAS
November 19, 2021
The Organization of American States (OAS), along with the EU, discredited Daniel Ortega's election victory on November 7. The vote was highly criticized by the international community as a "sham" vote.
Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada accused the regional bloc of "facilitating the hegemony of the United States with its interventionism over the countries of Latin America."
What did Nicaragua say?
Moncada told reporters he had sent an "official communication" to OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro signalling Nicaragua's departure from the 35-member organization.
He branded the OAS as "a diplomatic political forum that was born under the influence of the United States as an instrument of interference and intervention."
The Nicaraguan foreign minister said the OAS had been involved in "repeated acts of meddling" in his country.
Moncada added that for Nicaragua this is "unacceptable, we reject and condemn it."
Why did the OAS hit out at Nicaragua?
Nicaragua's decision comes after the 51st OAS General Assembly, in a resolution approved last Friday, said elections held on November 7 "were not free, fair or transparent and do not have any democratic legitimacy."