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Elections under Daniel Ortega: Implications for Nicaragua, Central America, and beyond

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Nov. 4, 2021
1:00pm – 2:00pm ET


On November 7, Daniel Ortega will run effectively unopposed for a fifth term in office following the arrest of over 150 political prisoners, including seven presidential contenders. As Nicaragua faces an unprecedented escalation in repression against political dissidents and grapples with a reckless response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming electoral process and its aftermath will have profound reverberations for the Nicaraguan people as well as the region’s long-term democratic stability.

What are additional actions from the broader region and the United States to raise awareness and apply pressure around the Ortega regime’s continued crackdown and authoritarianism? What could be a path forward for the restoration of democratic institutions in Nicaragua?

The Latin American Program and the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center discussed the implications – for Nicaragua, Central America, and the United States – of the upcoming electoral process and the increasing risks around Ortega’s regime in 2022 and beyond.

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The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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