Nicaraguan Police Arrest Opposition Vice Presidential Candidate

Nicaraguan authorities have detained former beauty queen and opposition Vice Presidential candidate Berenice Quezada on Tuesday at her home in the capital Managua just three months before the upcoming elections.

The Citizen’s Alliance for Liberty (CXL) tweeted that Quezada “was told by judicial authorities and the public ministry that from now on she was under house arrest without access to telephone communications and with restricted movement.”

The Nicaraguan attorney general’s office said in a statement that Quezada had committed acts that “incite hatred and violence”, and that she should be under house arrest.

Critics have accused President Daniel Ortega’s government of trying to prevent any meaningful opposition from standing in November’s election.

Quezada was the eighth contender in the election to be arrested since May. Authorities have arrested the other seven candidates and about two dozen opposition leaders on vague treason charges.

Quezada, upon enrolling on Monday for the election, vowed to campaign for the freedom of “political prisoners” and urged supporters to head out in droves to vote “as you did in the streets” in anti-government protests in 2018.

The Sandinista party nominated Ortega for reelection as president and his wife, Rosarillo Murillo, for vice president.

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