Trump signs bill to sanction Nicaraguan government

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President Donald Trump is signing into law a bill to cut off resources to the government of Nicaragua and provides sanctions against countries that assist the Central American nation.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican who co-sponsored the bill, said in a press release that the legislation "supports the Nicaraguan people in their demands for rule of law, human rights and free, fair elections by denying resources to their oppressors."

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Trump signed the bill a day after Nicaragua announced that it was expelling international experts investigating allegations of human rights abuses by security forces during anti-government protests earlier this year. The demonstrators had demanded President Daniel Ortega leave office.

More than 320 people were killed in those demonstrations.