Presidential candidate Nicaragua, Arturo Cruz was detained at the airport in the country’s capital Managua this Saturday (5) after returning from a trip to the United States, according to information provided to Reuters by his team.
The Nicaraguan Ministry of Public Works said the investigation against Cruz was based on “strong evidence that he attacked the Nicaraguan community” but did not give details of what the allegations were.
Cruz, a former ambassador to the United States between 2007 and 2009, was once an ally of the current president Daniel Ortega, Candidate of the Citizens’ Coalition for Independence, is a coalition of right-wing parties backed by businessmen.
Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Louis Almacro, demanding the release of Cruz, saying “manipulating the security and judicial forces to arrest opposition candidates” is “unacceptable”.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in photo on country’s Independence Day on September 15, 2020 – Photo: Guide to Nicaraguan Presidency / Caesar Perez / Reuters
Cruz is not Ortega’s first opponent in elections Scheduled for November, To be arrested. On Wednesday (2), police entered the home Christian Zamoro, Daughter of former President Violeta Barrios de Zamoro (elected in 1990, defeated Ortega) and identified as the opposition candidate with the highest chances of winning the controversy; He is on money laundering charges and under house arrest.
Ortega has been in power since 2007 and is seeking re-election for the third time in a row. Prior to that, he ruled Nicaragua between 1985 and 1990.