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Panama demands that Nicaragua prevent Martinelli from intervening in politics from the embassy

Panama this Tuesday accused the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega of violating diplomatic agreements by allowing the former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli issue political opinions from the embassy of Nicaraguawhere he is taking refuge, and demanded that he prevent such actions.

Panama “presents a formal and energetic appeal for attention (…) due to the actions and communications carried out by Mr. Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal from the embassy headquarters Nicaragua in Panama”, says a Panamanian diplomatic note sent to Nicaragua.

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The letter accuses Nicaragua of allowing Martinelli to publish messages on its social networks.influence Panamanian domestic politics“, despite the fact that international standards and conventions “expressly prohibit this act”.

Martinelli entered the Nicaraguan embassy on February 7, where he requested political asylum, which was immediately granted by the government of Nicaragua. Daniel Ortegaafter losing his last appeal to avoid a sentence of almost 11 years in prison for money laundering.

Two days later, the Panamanian government refused to grant safe passage to the 71-year-old former right-wing president to travel to Nicaragua. Ricardo Martinelliwho governed Panama from 2009 to 2014, aspires to return to power in elections next May.

From the embassy, ​​in Panama CityMartinelli did not stop issuing political messages on social media, despite the Panamanian government warning Managua that this could have diplomatic consequences.

In the note, published by local media, Panama criticizes the Nicaraguan ambassador, Consuelo Sandoval.

Panama “rejects the permissive attitude of the head of mission in the face of the repeated statements and other actions that her guest carries out publicly”, says the diplomatic letter.

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Nicaragua “has the unavoidable responsibility of not allowing the practice of acts contrary to public tranquility” and therefore ensure that Martinelli’s conduct “remains within established limits” without intervening in Panama’s internal affairs, he adds.

Since last Thursday, Martinelli has been under provisional arrest, but has not yet been disqualified as a presidential candidate by the Electoral Court because the prison sentence is not yet definitive, although he has no resources left.

The Panamanian Constitution establishes that anyone convicted of an intentional crime to a sentence of five years in prison or more cannot be elected president.

Source: Elcomercio

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