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Nicaragua offers to let rebels return for '85 vote

Nicaraguan junta leader Daniel Ortega has offered to let most US-backed rebels return to Nicaragua to take part in general elections in 1985. The announcement, made at the country's legislative Council of State Sunday, set out a program leading up to elections in 1985.

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Under Mr. Ortega's plan three groups are excluded from the offer, which is open until Feb. 21 and which political sources said could benefit 12,000 rebels: National Guard officers or security police who took part in acts of repression under the late dictator, Anastasio Somoza; rebel leaders who have sought foreign intervention to oust the Sandinists; and those who planned or took part in attacks on civilians or economic targets.

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