Cruz, Ros-Lehtinen: Observers Cannot Improve Nicaragua’s Election Fraud

The Washington Free BeaconSen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen are blasting a decision by the Organization of American States to send officials to visit Nicaragua just prior to its upcoming election, an effort they argue is aimed at legitimizing a fraudulent process to re-elect Daniel Ortega.

Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.), has repeatedly criticized the OAS, a 35-member Western Hemisphere organization, for what she views as its tendency in recent years to lend its credibility to authoritarian regimes across Latin America.

Cruz (R., Texas) has said OAS has lost its way by pressuring Latin American nations, with the help of U.S. funding, to adopt social policies favored by “progressive elites,” not its average citizens. …

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