Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel today congratulated Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for his 73rd birthday.
"I join my brother, President Maduro, in congratulating him on the birthday of Brother Daniel Ortega, congratulations," Díaz-Canel wrote in his account of the social network Twitter, from Laos, where he was on an official visit this Sunday, the last point of a tour through several countries in Asia.
Cuba and Nicaragua have maintained close relations in the two periods of Ortega's term: the first from 1985 to 1990 and the second from 2007 to date, and the head of the Central American country is one of the narrowest political allies of the island in America. Latina
President Daniel Ortega celebrates his birthday amid the worst socio-political crisis in Nicaragua since the 1980s, when he ruled the country for the first time.
Since last April there have been demonstrations against Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, because of failed social security reforms that later became a requirement for the president to resign.
Humanitarian agencies in Nicaragua and international organizations such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) estimate between 325 and 535 deaths, as well as more than 500 "political prisoners" from that the protests broke out, and have held Daniel Ortega's government accountable.