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Nicaraguan Exiles in Costa Rica Reject Ortega’s New Mandate

Nicaraguan exiles in Costa Rica reject Ortega's new mandate

Nicaraguan exiles in Costa Rica held a vigil this Sunday night to express their rejection of the new mandate that Daniel Ortega will exercise from Monday, whom they consider illegitimate.

With banners and candles, and many of them dressed in the blue and white of the Nicaraguan flag, the exiles gathered in the Plaza de la Democracia, in the capital of Costa Rica, a place that has become the meeting point of the Nicaraguans for this type of activity.

The slogan “Illegitimate Ortega” is the main message that motivated this demonstration, called by various organizations of exiles and the Nicaraguan opposition that have been operating from Costa Rica for months.

Costa Rica, a neighboring country to Nicaragua, is one of the main places for Nicaraguan exile, along with other nations such as the United States.

Since the outbreak of the socio-political crisis in Nicaragua in 2018 and the violent repression by the authorities, Costa Rica has received more than 100,000 refugee applications from Nicaraguans and an unknown number of irregular migrants.

The 76-year-old former Sandinista guerrilla will assume his new five-year term on Monday in a ceremony to be held in the Plaza de la Revolución, in Managua, after elections that were marked by the imprisonment of the main opposition candidates.

Ortega has been in power since 2007 after having coordinated a Governing Board from 1979 to 1985 and presiding over the country for the first time from 1985 to 1990.

The Sandinista leader, whose new mandate has not been recognized by the bulk of the international community, will be able to remain in office until January 2027 and serve 20 years in a row in power, an unprecedented case in the recent history of Nicaragua and the Americas. Current Latina.

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