Spoiler alert. Daniel Ortega is seeking his fourth consecutive presidential term in Nicaragua and his regime is leaving little to chance, given that it jailed opponents, stacked the electoral bodies, and used the pandemic as a tool to control rivals’ campaigns. That’s why the country’s democratic future depends on what the opposition does after this Sunday’s election, explains Tiziano Breda, Central America analyst at the International Crisis Group, in the latest episode of Latin America in Focus.
In this Q&A, AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth warns that what happens in Nicaragua “is going to have broader implications for the region in terms of other leaders who may be similarly inclined” and calls for the international community to have a unified voice in demanding the release of political prisoners.
Watch his conversation with exiled Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Chamorro.