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OAS Chief in Nicaragua to Mediate Political Crisis

Jose Miguel Insulza (r) alongside Nicaraguan Foreign Secretary Norman Caldera
The head of the Organization of American States has flown to Nicaragua to mediate a political crisis between President Enrique Bolanos and opposition lawmakers.

OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza said Wednesday he will promote dialogue between the two sides during his mission to the Central American nation.

Mr. Bolanos had requested the help of the new OAS chief, as Nicaraguan lawmakers call on the president to resign.

Last week, opposition leaders criticized Mr. Bolanos for ordering police to block new directors of public utilities, who were chosen by Congress, from taking office.

Mr. Bolanos says opposition groups, which control the Congress, have violated the constitution by approving reforms that limit the president's powers.

Some information for this report provided by AP.