Nicaragua would welcome Libya's Kadhafi: presidential aide

August 24, 2011

Nicaragua would welcome Libya's Kadhafi: presidential aide

MANAGUA: Nicaragua would offer political asylum to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, though no asylum request has been made, an aide to the Central American country's president said Tuesday.”If someone were to request asylum we would have to give a positive answer because (Nicaraguan) people were granted asylum when people were being murdered by (Nicaragua's Anasatasio) Somoza dictatorship,” Bayardo Arce, President Daniel Ortega's adviser for economic affairs, told reporters.Arce did not mention the Libyan leader by name, and said it was not clear how Kadhafi might be moved to Nicaragua in a theoretical asylum request because Managua does not have an embassy in Tripoli.Local media have speculated Kadhafi might consider exile in Nicaragua because Ortega has been a vocal supporter of the Libyan leader, recently calling him a “brother” and “friend.”Ortega once was a leftist rebel who fought against the Somoza dictatorship, which ended in 1979. AGENCIES