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The chief U.S.-backed Nicaraguan rebel group is undergoing a behind-the-scenes shake-up that includes appointment of a Miami-based exiled businessman to coordinate its financial and political operations. Leonardo Somarriba was named secretary general of the United Nicaraguan Opposition last month, but no announcement was made, sources said, because admission of problems could undercut President Reagan’s request for $100 million in aid for the rebels, known as contras.


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