Ortega appoints Carlos Midence, former ambassador to Argentina as presidential adviser 

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By Marco Echevarria

Daniel Ortega’s regime in Nicaragua appointed Carlos Antonio Midence, a former ambassador in Argentina, on Monday, as its new presidential adviser minister for all forms of higher education. Midence was removed from office last December for criticism from Argentine President Javier Milei against Ortega.

The announcement was published in La Gaceta, Nicaragua’s official newspaper, in its digital edition, through the presidential agreement 08-2024, through which Ortega formalizes the appointment of Midence.

Name comrade Carlos Antonio Midence in the position of Minister Adviser to the President of the Republic for all forms of higher education, reads the agreement that enters into force from today January 22.

Midence is a close collaborator of Ortega and has held various positions in the Sandinista government, including that of ambassador to Argentina from 2019 until 2023.

On December 4, 2023, Ortega removed Midence as Nicaragua’s ambassador to Argentina in response to criticisms of President Javier Milei.

“In the event of repeated statements and expressions by the new rulers, the government (…) has proceeded to withdraw its ambassador, fellow writer and communicator, Carlos Midence,” said Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada in a brief statement released.

Ambassador Midence’s withdrawal “immediately takes effect,” the document released in official media said, but it was until December 7 that there were only three days before Milei’s investiture that the withdrawal of Midence was formalized through the presidential agreement 234-2023.

At the inauguration ceremony held on January 10 in Argentina, the leaders of Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela and Iran were not invited.

On November 20, the Ortega-Murillo couple congratulated Milei for their triumph, and the Argentine people “for their exemplary and peaceful electoral day,” transferring them “welfare with well-being.”, claiming to be “defensors of the principles of non-intervention, respect for the sovereignty and self-determination of peoples.”

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in 100 Noticias