On February 8th, the Nicaraguan National Assembly passed the reform to article 21 of the Constitution. It stated that anyone who betrays the country would lose their Nicaraguan citizenship.
The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) proposed the bill that was approved with 89 votes. It led to 222 individuals, who had betrayed the homeland, being deported.
The bill was based on Article 1 of the Constitution. It declares that every citizen must protect and maintain the nation’s independence, sovereignty, and self-determination. This is further expressed in the “Act for the Defense of the Peoples’ Rights to Independence and Self-Determination for Peace” (Law 1055), which was officially published in December 2020.
222 traitors expelled
In response to the newly implemented legal reforms, the Managua Court of Appeals mandated the expulsion of 222 U.S.-backed activists. They had been convicted of offenses such as instigation of violence, terrorism, and economic sabotage.
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These individuals had their citizenship revoked and were barred from occupying any public office in Nicaragua. A flight was arranged to take them to the United States. A list of their names was also made public.
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One tweet user from Nicaragua quoted Augusto C. Sandino, “He who sells his country for a few dollars does not deserve to be called a Nicaraguan!”
Although Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has been in power since 2007 and achieved 72% of the vote in the last election, and maintained high approval ratings in independent opinion polls, if one reads the national and international media, they would get the impression that he is highly despised.
Since 2018, protests have been backed by US against the Nicaraguan President. The Catholic Church also sided with protestors and have largely supported the violence against the Ortega government. The protests have relentlessly continued till 2022.
U.S. government is attempting to cause a change in Nicaraguan leadership through the financial aid they are providing to opposition-aligned non-governmental organizations, media outlets, and business associations via the United States Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy.
Over the past five years, the NED database reported that its programs in Nicaragua amounted to approximately $6 million.
Ortega won’t give up
The move is being seen as a strong rebuke of US interference in Nicaragua’s internal politics.
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Nicaragua’s government officials have argued that the US-backed miscreants were part of a larger effort by the US to destabilize the country and install a pro-US government.
The situation has also highlighted the importance of respecting the sovereignty of other nations, as well as the need to ensure that all countries have the right to determine their own future. The US-backed miscreants’ deportation serves as a reminder that no nation should be allowed to meddle in the internal affairs of another. It has uncovered US’ interference in Nicaragua.
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