Nicaragua Legislature Approves Decree To Allow Entry of Foreign Military Troops

With a total of 73 votes in favor, 16 against and with no abstentions, Decree number 08-2018 was approved by National Assembly (Legislature) to allow foreign military troops to enter Nicaragua.

The decree approved this Friday allows the entry to Nicaragua of foreign equipment, ships and aircraft, so that they can carry out military maneuvers and humanitarian missions in conjunction with members of the Nicaraguan Army.

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The decree was sent “as a matter of urgency” by the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega.

However, the approval of this decree was not without controversy, because legislators of the Partido Liberal Constitucionalista questioned that this legislative session was held in the middle of a socio-political crisis in the country and because according to them, the session was held during the period of parliamentary “recess” and without prior notice thereof to the members of the PlC.

After hearing the argument the president of the Legislature, Gustavo Porras, said that at the last meeting it was agreed that there would be no parliamentary recess.

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Among the military groups named to enter the country include troops from Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, Taiwan, the United States, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

The decree also establishes that Nicaraguan army personnel can leave the country to carry out military exercises and training in countries such as Russia, Panama and Mexico.

Source (in Spanish): El Nuevo Diario

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