April 22, 2018 / 9:43 PM / a month ago

Nicaraguan welfare changes that sparked protests cancelled - president

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega said on Sunday planned changes to social security that have sparked days of violent protests have been cancelled, as he attempted to put an end to one of the biggest crises of his administration.

In an address on national television, Ortega said the board of Nicaragua’s social security system had voted to revoke the measures that were approved last week. The protests have killed at least seven people and injured hundreds more.

Writing by Dave Graham; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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