Nicaragua Quits OAS

Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Denis Moncada announced on Sunday it has completed its withdrawal from the Organization of American States (OAS) despite the regional bloc saying the move was not allowed for another year.

President Daniel Ortega had announced the country’s withdrawal in November last year after the OAS criticized the fairness of elections.

In 2016, the organization sent a mission to Nicaragua to mediate amid opposition accusations of fraud in that year’s election, which saw Ortega win his third consecutive term as president, with his wife Rosario Murillo becoming vice president.

In March, Nicaragua’s then-permanent representative to the OAS Arturo McFields surprised a session of the Permanent Council by denouncing Ortega’s government as a “dictatorship.”

McFields said he “can’t understand the government’s motivation” in abruptly completing their withdrawal but noted it came a month after his speech.

By closing the OAS offices in the country, he said, “the government is closing a door to peace.”

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