Venezuela is replacing its national currency, the bolivar, with a new one that will reportedly be tied to its controversial "petro" token.
The new bolívar soberano (or sovereign bolivar) is to enter use in the country next month, according to an announcement on Wednesday from the country's president, Nicolas Maduro.
The move is aimed to counter soaring inflation that is expected to reach a million percent this year, the article states.
According to local news source teleSUR, the president said:
Stating that the new currency will alter the financial situation of the country "in a radical manner," Maduro said, "We have the correct vision of what the economic future in Venezuela should be, above all, we will achieve it."
The petro, he added, "will end up being consolidated technologically and financially" and will come to "permeate all the national and international economic activity."
Despite being declared as "illegal" by the opposition-led congress before its launch, the petro has been moving ever further into the heart of the nation's finances as the president has endeavored to ensure its use across society.
Maduro originally stated that approximately 100 million of the tokens (worth a claimed $6 billion) would be issued to overcome the financial sanctions imposed by the U.S. In March, the U.S. responded, with Donald Trump signing an executive order imposing new sanctions against Venezuela over the petro.
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