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Nicaragua on Monday strongly rejected a proposal by eight member countries of the Organisation of American States, including the United States, to establish a special commission to investigate the ongoing political crisis gripping the central American nation.

Nicaragua has been paralyzed by a crisis that has claimed between 277 and 351 lives since protests began on Apr. 18, according to data from different human rights organizations, although official figures place the death toll at 195.

"The Government of Reconciliation and National Unity of the Republic of Nicaragua lodges a forceful protest against the draft declaration to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States by the representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the United States, Mexico and Peru," the Nicaraguan government said in a statement.

According to the administration of President Daniel Ortega, the proposal of these eight OAS members was intended to "interfere in internal affairs that only concern the State of Nicaragua."

The Nicaraguan government "emphatically rejects and denounces this political and interventionist move, which, without the consent of Nicaragua, is being brought to the plenary of the Permanent Council of the OAS, in an act of interference in the internal affairs of our State and of violation of our national sovereignty, which we reject," the statement continued.

Nicaragua is living its bloodiest crisis since the 1980s, when Ortega was also the country's president.

The protests against Ortega began on Apr. 18 due to failed social security reforms and soon descended into national calls for his resignation.