• Cielo Vista

Sandinistas Demand Removal of OAS Ambassador to Nicaragua

September 14, 2010

The abrupt decision of President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista government to demand the removal from Nicaragua of Ambassador Pedro Vuskovic, the representative of the Organization of American States (OAS) to Nicaragua, is deepening concern about what is viewed as the increasing intolerance and anti-democratic tendencies of the Ortega administration.

Denis Moncada, Nicaragua’s ambassador to the OAS, sent a letter to the OAS secretary general on Sept. 10 calling for “the immediate removal” of Vuskovic, whom the Sandinistas accused of “repeated political meddling.”

Several hours before the Sandinistas demanded his ouster, Vuskovic agreed to meet with Nicaraguan-Italian Catholic missionary Alberto Boschi, a harsh critic of Ortega who was stripped of his Nicaraguan citizenship last June, allegedly as a retaliatory move by the Sandinista government (NT, July 2).

Vuskovic agreed to meet Sept. 10 with Boschi, who has tried unsuccessfully to appeal his case in Nicaragua and wanted to make his allegations of political persecution known to the OAS, too. The Sandinistas responded immediately by demanding Vuskovic’s removal, apparently for agreeing to meet with Boschi.

Neither the Sandinistas nor the OAS have elaborated on the incident. The government’s silence has fanned opposition speculation that the move is part of a Sandinista ploy to prevent the OAS from acting as observers in next year’s presidential elections, in which Ortega is expected to seek re-election.

For more on this story, see the Sept. 17 print or digital edition of The Tico Times.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Fishing for the next generation in Quepos
Sponsored content
3 views
Sponsored content
3 views

Fishing for the next generation in Quepos

Scott Cutter / Marina Pez Vela - May 20, 2019

Having completed the 20th edition of the Offshore World Championship in May, and the 7th edition of this iconic event…

Costa Rica announces provisional 40-man roster for Gold Cup
Keylor Navas
6 views
Keylor Navas
6 views

Costa Rica announces provisional 40-man roster for Gold Cup

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 20, 2019

Costa Rica on Monday announced the 40-man provisional roster that will serve as the basis for its 2019 Gold Cup…

Costa Rica allocates $3.35 million for port infrastructure in Limón
Costa Rica
16 views
Costa Rica
16 views

Costa Rica allocates $3.35 million for port infrastructure in Limón

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 20, 2019

The Atlantic Port Authority (JAPDEVA) will manage more than $3.35 million as it explores four projects to support the economy…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!