MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s government says it is willing to negotiate over controversial social security reforms that have prompted protests and deadly clashes this week.
Vice President, first lady and government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo says nine people have been killed in the unrest. She calls the protests “cruel.”
Dozens of others have been injured or arrested in the chaos in various cities across the Central American nation.
Murillo said late Friday that President Daniel Ortega’s government is responding to calls for dialogue made by Roman Catholic Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes and the private business sector.
She added that the social security reforms “are not concluded proposals, but (rather) we are open to discussing them.”