Foreign Agents Law, news of the week in Nicaragua
Managua, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The approval of the Foreign Agents Regulation Law by the National Assembly (Parliament) was the most outstanding news of the week that ends today in Nicaragua.
The initiative, whose essence seeks to prevent external entities from committing acts of interference in national sovereignty, passed with 70 votes in favor, 17 against and four abstentions in the ordinary session of the legislative body held last Thursday.
The new legal text is supported by article one of the Political Constitution and eight of the Sovereign Security Law, and determines the registration of foreign representatives before the Ministry of the Interior, in addition to reporting their activities and resources received from abroad. .
Deputies from all political parties with representation in the hemicycle gave their arguments for and against the document that defines a foreign agent as a natural or legal person, Nicaraguan or of another nationality, who within the country receives funds directly or indirectly from governments, agencies, foundations, societies or external associations.
The legal document will not affect remittances, investments, business and financial activities, trade agreements in force or to be negotiated in the future, just as deputies of the FSLN bench have explained on several occasions.
One of the main defenders of the need for such a legal text was the head of the Production, Economy and Budget Commission, Wálmaro Gutiérrez.
The parliamentarian for the Alliance of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) criticized the opposition organizations that, as they ran out of arguments to contest the validity of the legislation, they go to disqualification and end up calling it with pejorative nicknames.
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