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Mexico repatriates fake reporters convicted on drug charges

By Ivan Castro MANAGUA (Reuters) - Eighteen Mexicans convicted on drug-trafficking charges after posing as television journalists while entering Nicaragua with $9.2 million were repatriated on Monday from the Central American nation. Nicaraguan police transported the defendants, including a Mexican policeman, under tight security to Managua's International Airport, where authorities turned them over to Mexican prosecutors and prison officials.

Taiwan foreign minister visits Nicaragua

Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin was in Managua on Monday for a visit to strengthen ties with Nicaragua, one of just a handful of nations with which it has diplomatic relations. The Taiwan embassy said in a statement that upon arrival Lin laid flowers at a mausoleum housing the remains of Carlos Fonseca, founder of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. Lin also visited a Managua park named in honor of Augusto Cesar Sandino, who gave his name to the revolutionary movement and the party which now rules Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan congress votes to scrap presidential term limits

Nicaraguan congress votes to scrap presidential term limits MANAGUA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Nicaragua's National Assembly voted Tuesday in favor of eliminating presidential term limits, a top lawmaker said, paving the way for President Daniel Ortega's reelection in 2016. The reform would be passed a second time in a new legislative session in January 2014, before it becomes law, president of the National Assembly, Rene Nunez, was quoted by local reports. The proposed reform was approved by a vote of 64 to 26, with zero abstentions, said Nunez.

Nicaragua's assembly approves plan to end presidential term limits

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaragua's national assembly on Tuesday approved a constitutional change to remove presidential term limits, which could allow incumbent Daniel Ortega stay in power for years and raises concerns about democracy in the country. Approval of the plan put forward last month by Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front must now be ratified by the assembly next year before it can take effect. That ratifying vote is likely in January or February.

Nicaragua Congress votes to scrap term limits

Nicaragua's Congress Tuesday approved a constitutional reform that, if ratified, would scrap term limits, enabling President Daniel Ortega to seek reelection in 2016 and indefinitely, an official said. For the changes to go into effect, the bill must be passed a second time in a new legislative session in 2014. Thanks to the overwhelming majority Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front enjoys in the Congress, the bill easily cleared its first hurdle by a vote of 64 to 26.

Nicaragua's assembly approves plan to end presidential term limits

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaragua's national assembly on Tuesday approved a constitutional change to remove presidential term limits, which could allow incumbent Daniel Ortega stay in power for years and raises concerns about democracy in the country. Approval of the plan put forward last month by Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front must now be ratified by the assembly next year before it can take effect.

Nicaragua scraps presidential term limits

Nicaragua's Congress on Tuesday approved a constitutional reform enabling President Daniel Ortega to run for a fourth term in 2016, an official said. The law passed by a vote of 64 to 28, thanks to the overwhelming majority Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front enjoys in the Congress. The changes eliminate term limits on the presidency and allow the appointment of active duty police and military officials to government offices currently reserved for civilians.

Nicaragua debates lifting presidential term limits

Nicaragua's Congress on Tuesday opened debate on a controversial constitutional reform that would authorize President Daniel Ortega to run for a fourth term in 2016, an official said. Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front has more than the 56 votes needed to pass the changes, which would eliminate term limits on the presidency and allow the appointment of active duty police and military officials to government offices currently reserved for civilians.

Chinese tycoon unveils $10bn Ukrainian port project

A Chinese tycoon who plans to dig a canal across Nicaragua has unveiled his latest project -- a $10 billion deal to build a deepwater port in Ukraine, giving him a foothold in Europe, state-run media said Friday. Wang Jing's Beijing Interoceanic Canal Investment Management Co. and Ukrainian partner Kievgidroinvest will pour a total of $10 billion into building the port, oil reserves and an economic development zone on the Crimean peninsula, the Shanghai Securities News said.

Nicaraguan committee passes change to remove presidential term limits

By Ivan Castro MANAGUA (Reuters) - A Nicaraguan parliamentary committee on Thursday approved a constitutional change to remove presidential term limits, which could allow incumbent Daniel Ortega stay in power for years and has raised concerns about democracy in the country. The plan put forward this month by Ortega's ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front was passed by the four Sandinista members of the seven-strong committee, paving the way for a full vote on the package of changes in December.
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