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Nicaraguan cardinal: US sanctions would hit the poor hardest

September 29, 2016

A Nicaraguan cardinal has warned that proposed US sanctions against his country's government would take a heavy toll on the nation's poor.

The US House of Representatives has approved a plan to block the government of President Daniel Ortega from receiving funds from abroad. The measure would be designed to put pressure on Ortega, to ensure that Nicaragua holds free and open elections in November.

"There is no doubt that this initiative will have an economic impact," said Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes Solozano of Managua. He said that the government should act to avert the proposed sanctions, and "in particular consider the poorest people, so that they are not harshly affected."

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 03, 2016 2:23 AM ET USA

    Let's see if Ortega has any more concern for the poor now than he did in the 1980s.