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US Congress passes Trump a hot potato in Nicaragua

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In an almost unheard-of unanimous vote in these time of polarization, the US House of Representatives voted 435-0 to approve the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (Nica Act), now one step away from becoming a law.

All that’s missing is the signature of President Donald Trump, expected to come in the coming days, if not hours, for the sanctions come into force. The US Senate had already passed the bill two weeks ago, also by unanimous vote.

Meanwhile in Managua, the nation's business leaders sent an open letter to President Daniel Ortega asking for "early free and fiar elections with observers from both, overseas and from Nicaragua itself."