U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on Germany's decision to decrease foreign aid to Nicaragua due to the fraudulent reelection of Daniel Ortega. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Germany's announcement that it will decrease foreign aid to Nicaragua shows the consequences of Ortega's fraudulent elections in Nicaragua. This act by the German government is a result of the illegal measures instituted by Daniel Ortega when he blatantly ignored the rule of law and constitution in Nicaragua.
"Democracy in Nicaragua is under assault by the Ortega regime and responsible nations should condemn last year's presidential election in order to ensure that the Nicaraguan people are granted free, fair, and transparent elections. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed to take a proactive stance on this issue and Ortega's systematic power-grab and subversion of the constitution has continued.
"As President Obama continues to ignore and turn his back on the Nicaraguan people, Daniel Ortega continues to look to Iran and Venezuela to invest in his regime. I urge President Obama to re-evaluate our policies towards Nicaragua and take immediate action in order to reinstitute the rule of law. The United States can no longer stand by and watch as democracy is blatantly disregarded in our hemisphere."