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Nicaragua's Leftist Opposition Signs Pact with President


Government officials in Nicaragua say the leftist Sandinista opposition party has signed an agreement to support President Enrique Bolanos.

Officials say the agreement calls for lawmakers and the president to reach a consensus over constitutional reforms before they are enacted.

The deal is aimed at ending a political battle between Nicaragua's legislature and executive branch over reforms passed by the legislature but which President Bolanos has refused to sign into law.

The dispute began when Mr. Bolanos prosecuted his predecessor, Arnoldo Aleman of Nicaragua's Liberal Party, for corruption. That prompted the legislature to pass measures designed to change the powers of the president.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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