Venezuela’s new currency brings country to STANDSTILL as residents try to FLEE

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
By Paul Martin

VENEZUELA’S new currency, brought in to halt the country’s worsening economic crisis, has brought the country to a standstill, with citizens attempting to flee the destitute Latin American nation.

By DANIEL KHALILI-TARI
Express.co.uk
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

President Nicolás Maduro revealed the new banknotes earlier in the week, revaluing and renaming the old currency.

The money went into circulation on Tuesday, with the government claiming that it will curb hyperinflation. However, critics believe it could worsen the situation.

Thousands of businesses closed in preparation for the new currency – the sovereign bolivar – leading to many people not going to work and bringing the country to a temporary halt.

However, Mr Maduro praised the new currency on Twitter:

“We found the revolutionary formula that puts work in the centre of the general re-adjustment of society, based on the production of goods and the value of salary. With that, we’re gonna put to rest forever the perverse model that dollarised the prices in the country.

Later in the day he added: “I call on the people to defend – conscientiously – the adjustment of the prices on street.”

The new currency has five fewer zeroes than its predecessor and will be pegged to Venezuela’s cryptocurrency, the petro, which was banned in March by President Donald Trump, who claimed it was launched to skirt US sanctions.

US citizens cannot trade in the currency and cryptocurrency site, ICOindex.com, has even labelled the petro “a scam”.

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