Lula’s party removed from its website a note of support for Daniel Ortega

This content was published on November 10, 2021 – 20:44

Rio de Janeiro, November 10 (EFE). The Brazilian Workers’ Party, the formation led by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, withdrew from its website on Wednesday the memo describing Daniel Ortega’s victory. In the presidential elections in Nicaragua “as a great democratic manifestation”.

The largest leftist formation in Latin America, which ruled Brazil between 2003 and 2016, first with Lula and later with Dilma Rousseff, deleted the statement from its website without explanations after a torrent of criticism it received, including from Nicaraguan intellectuals who are refugees in Brazil. , for her questionable support of Daniel Ortega.

Labour’s chairwoman, Representative Gliese Hoffman, clarified in a Twitter message that the party’s memorandum on Sunday’s elections in Nicaragua was “not submitted to the leadership of the party”, but she did not disavow its publication, did not reject it, and did not wish to express the position of Nicaraguan democracy training.

“The position of the Labor Party in relation to any state is one of defense of the right of self-determination of peoples, against external interference, respect for government and opposition to democracy,” Hoffman said.

In the memo posted on the Labor Party’s website the day before, and signed by the party’s Secretary for International Relations, Romeno Pereira, he described Ortega’s victory as a “great popular and democratic demonstration” despite the fact that the election’s legitimacy was previously in doubt. Most of the international community, including the United States and the European Union.

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Critics of the electoral process claim that democratic participation was constrained by the arrest of seven presidential candidates by the opposition who emerged as Ortega’s main rivals, the dissolution of three political parties, and Sandinista control of the Electoral College, among others.

“The preliminary results, indicating the re-election of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, confirm the support of the population for a political project whose main objective is to build a socially just and equal country,” the text states.

In the memo, Labor says it hopes to continue with the FSLN on the path of building a free and sovereign Latin America, a region of peace and social democracy that can set an example for the world.

Lula, who polls show as the favorite to win the presidential election in October 2022 in Brazil, has so far not commented on the elections in Nicaragua but has never questioned the democratic situation or human rights in countries whose left-wing leaders have been an ally. , such as Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. EFE

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