Venezuela Boosts Gas Price, Devalues Bolivar as Economy Unravels

February 18, 2016 12:59 AM

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Venezuela Boosts Gas Price, Devalues Bolivar as Economy Unravels

Venezuela hiked gasoline prices for the first time in almost two decades and devalued its currency as President Nicolas Maduro attempts to address triple-digit inflation and the economy’s deepest recession in over a decade.

The primary exchange rate used for essential imports, such as food and medicine, will weaken to 10 bolivars per dollar from 6.3, Maduro said in a televised address to the nation. The government will also eliminate an intermediate rate that last sold dollars for about 13 bolivars and improve an alter...

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