Nicaraguan government celebrates election of SICA Secretary General

Nicaraguan government celebrates election of SICA Secretary General

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Managua, 11th August (EFE) .- The government of Nicaragua this Thursday celebrated the election of its candidate Werner Vargas as Secretary General of the Central American Integration System (SICA), after more than a year of rejecting Nicaraguan proposals.

“We are happy, it also fills us with pride, to be able to present paths of unification for our Central America, paths of prosperity for our Central America,” said Vice President of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, in her evening speech.

The election of SICA’s Secretary General has been delayed because the government of Nicaragua, responsible for the General Secretariat for the 2021-2025 cycle, has not respected the founding principles of the organization on democracy and freedom, according to Costa Rican Foreign Minister Rica Arnoldo Andre Tinoco.

Central America’s position shifted this Friday, spurred by the $153 million in projects “waiting for execution,” the Costa Rican official said.

“We will do our part, calling each other every day, the Central American peoples, the governments, the leaders, call us to work for the well-being, for the joy that the peoples of this region deserve,” promised Murillo, who is the wife of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Before Vargas, the Nicaraguan government had proposed leaving the presidency of SICA in the hands of former Guatemalan President Vinicio Cerezo, but he was rejected.

Nicaragua also proposed former Sandinista guerrilla fighter Orlando Tardencilla, architect Luz Marina López Escobar and his current interior minister María Amelia Coronel Kinloch, who met the same fate as Cerezo.

Vargas served as Executive Director of SICA between 2014 and 2020. Before joining the organization, he served as Legal Associate at the Central American Court of Justice (2010-2014), after being Head of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua and Director for European Union Affairs (2008-2010) and Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs of the Central American Parliament EFE

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