25 April 2022

Nicaragua has said it has completed its withdrawal from the Organization of American States (OAS) despite the regional bloc saying the move was not allowed for another year.

Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Denis Moncada announced on Sunday the immediate break from the organisation and the closure of the OAS’s offices in the capital, Managua.

President Daniel Ortega had announced the Latin American country’s withdrawal in November last year. That came after the OAS criticised the fairness of elections that saw Ortega win a fourth consecutive term amid a months-long crackdown on opposition figures.

The OAS had said the withdrawal could not go into effect until 2023 because Nicaragua was an active member at the time of the announcement.

Still, Moncada said that as of Sunday, Nicaragua was no longer part “of all the deceitful mechanisms of this monstrosity, the so-called Permanent Council, so-called commissions, so-called meetings, so-called Summit of the Americas”.

“We will not take part in any of the entities of this diabolical instrument of evil called the OAS,” he added.

For its part, regional neighbour Venezuela – which officially withdrew from OAS in 2020 – quickly hailed Nicaragua’s resignation as “courageous,” calling the body “an instrument of US imperialism.” – Aljazeera.

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