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Nicaragua Leader’s Immunity Is Upheld

Congress on Wednesday rejected a commission’s recommendation to lift President Enrique Bolanos’ immunity and blocked a bid to prosecute him on election fraud charges. The rejection was a further easing of a political crisis in Nicaragua that the United States had called a “creeping coup,” and it shielded Bolanos, a U.S. ally, from facing charges of failing to disclose the origin of campaign funds. The vote came after Congress last week postponed until January 2007 changes in the law that would have weakened Bolanos by giving the legislature jurisdiction to name officials to influential posts. Full Story

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