Nicaraguan congress approves truth commission to probe violent protests

Source: Xinhua| 2018-04-30 06:40:40|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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MANAGUA, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Nicaragua's National Assembly on Sunday overwhelmingly approved the creation of a truth and justice commission to investigate the recent spate of violent protests that left scores dead, local media reported.

"With 74 votes in favor and one against," the assembly, where the ruling Sandinista party holds a majority, voted in a special session to set up the commission, the daily La Prensa said.

Commission members are to be designated in no more than a week and will have three months to present their findings into the deadly clashes sparked by proposed reforms to the country's social security programs.

Leading figures from different social sectors, including lawyers, intellectuals, religious leaders, heads of social movements and activists, are to comprise the commission.

The initiative was drafted on Friday by deputies from the assembly's Sandinista bloc, including the president of the legislative body's board of directors, Gustavo Porras.

Following the demonstrations, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced his government would no longer pursue the reforms. He also called for national dialogue to alleviate the tension.