Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes predicts that the poor will be severely affected by the “Nica Act” bill passed by the US House of Representatives this week
At the beginning of last week, the US House of Representatives passed a bill, the “Nicaraguan Investment conditionality act”, renamed “Nica Act”, calling for economic sanctions against Daniel Ortega’s government. The law looks to stop Ortega from accessing international funds. The Government of Nicaragua, in a press release, rejected the “Nica Act”, calling it a serious violation of international law and the United Nations charter.
The Archbishop of Managua, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, said: “There is no doubt that this initiative will have an economic impact, both for individuals and for the poor population. Many programs implemented in the country through aid will be “compromised. “Our government should look for a plan B because it is responsible for the progress and development of the Nicaraguan people”, said the Cardinal, who concluded: “this plan B should in particular consider the poorest people, so that they are not harshly affected”
According to data collected by Fides, this proposed US law intends to put pressure so that the upcoming elections on 6 November in Nicaragua are held in a free manner and monitored by international observers.