Nicaragua to request military exchanges with Taiwan, US in 2019: reports

President Daniel Ortega seeks support from allies to help manage the political crisis in the country

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/11/17
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Protesters flood the streets of Managua, Nicaragua, July 2018 (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The National Assembly of the Central American nation of Nicaragua this week passed a measure that requests and invites the militaries of several foreign nations, including Taiwan, to dispatch contingents to the country on a joint “humanitarian mission.”

According to reports, the measure, put forward by the country’s president Daniel Ortega, passed on Wednesday (Nov. 14 )and calls for military personnel from the United States, Taiwan, Cuba, Venezuela, and Bolivia to visit the country.

The measure is viewed as a signal from the Ortega administration that it is seeking help from countries that it considers dependable allies. The beleaguered Ortega government has been under serious pressure since April this year after it cut social security and pension programs.

The continuous unrest caused violent protests to flare through mid-July, when a tenuous truce was brokered by the country’s Catholic Church.    [FULL  STORY]

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