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President Biden signs Ortega sanctions bill into law after farcical Nicaraguan election

Daniel Ortega waves as a police officer stands next to him
Alfredo Zuniga


President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed into law legislation that increases and coordinates U.S. sanctions on Nicaraguan officials after President Daniel Ortega held an election on Sunday that was widely considered illegitimate.

The White House announced that Biden signed the Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform Act, a bill that requires targeted sanctions to advance elections in Nicaragua, coordinates U.S. sanctions with Canadian and European diplomats, requires classified and unclassified reports on Ortega’s corruption and Russian involvement in Nicaragua and supports independent media in the country.

The House of Representatives passed the bill, known as the Renacer Act, on a 387-35 vote last week ahead of Sunday’s election. The bill was strongly supported by South Florida’s U.S. House members from both parties and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

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