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Newsline: Nicaraguan Envoy Berates Own President As ‘Dictator’

The Nicaraguan ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday publicly lashed out at his country’s president, describing Daniel Ortega’s rule as a “dictatorship.” In a surprise speech to the Washington-based OAS, Arturo McFields said that “denouncing the dictatorship of my country is not easy, but continuing to remain silent and defending the indefensible is impossible. “I have to speak, even if my future and that of my family are uncertain,” he said. “There are no independent political parties, there are no credible elections, there is no separation of powers.” (https://www.ibtimes.com/nicaraguan-envoy-berates-own-president-dictator-3448388) Ortega, the 76-year-old former leftist guerrilla, won a fourth successive election last year after all his challengers were jailed, in a vote widely dismissed as a farce. Ortega’s government has started the process of pulling Nicaragua out of the OAS regional body, after it rejected his reelection.

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