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U.S. TO PROVIDE $9 MILLION FOR NICARAGUAN CAMPAIGN

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President Bush is expected to quickly sign legislation providing $9 million to the Nicaraguan political opposition's campaign to wrest power from the Sandinista government in February's national elections.

The Senate approved the package 64 to 35 late Tuesday after soundly defeating a series of attempts to cut or restrict the money. The House had approved it Oct. 4 on a vote of 263-156.Bush is expected to sign the measure soon so that aid can begin to flow this month, the only month when voter registration is conducted for the Feb. 25, 1990, balloting.

The opposition coalition, known as UNO, "needs our assistance desperately," Bush wrote in a last-minute letter to the Senate urging support for the package. "Only by receiving help can it make a real contest of this election," he wrote.