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Nicaragua’s Downward Spiral

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has exiled Sheynnis Palacios, the reigning Miss Universe, from the country. While it may sound like the plot of a bad film, the incident is a stark reminder of the systemic and long-term erosion of democratic norms in Nicaragua, and the international reaction must be swift and unequivocal.

WASHINGTON, DC – Nicaragua continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. In May, it was reported that President Daniel Ortega had exiled Sheynnis Palacios, the reigning Miss Universe, and her family from the country. The ban is disappointing but predictable for a government that has become increasingly authoritarian, repressive, and paranoid, especially since mass protests erupted over proposed social-security reforms in 2018.