Aid for Nicaragua clears Congress

Senate approval of a $75 million aid package for Nicaragua is likely to strengthen the hand of moderates in the Central American country's government, Monitor Latin America correspondent James Nelson Goodsell reports. The Senate action May 19, in a 44-to-35 vote, approves the original House of Representatives version of the aid measure, which provides, among other safeguards, for termination of the aid if the Nicaraguan government permits the stationing of foreign troops on its soil. That proviso is aimed at Cuba and the Soviet Union, two countries with which the new Nicaraguan government has ties.

Nicaraguan moderates, including members of the private sector, have been hoping for approval of the aid with the hope that it will ensure continuation of a pluralistic political system in Nicaragua, together with a mixed economy. The Marxist-leaning Sandinista guerrillas have pledged such a society, but there have been many doubts about the prospect over the long run.

The measure now goes to the White House for signing.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK