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posted by takyon on Thursday December 07 2017, @05:43AM   Printer-friendly
from the petros-per-gallon dept.

Enter the 'petro': Venezuela to launch oil-backed cryptocurrency

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the launch of the "petro" backed by oil reserves to shore up a collapsed economy. The leftist leader offered few specifics about the currency launch or how the struggling OPEC member would pull off such a feat, but he declared to cheers that "the 21st century has arrived!"

"Venezuela will create a cryptocurrency," backed by oil, gas, gold and diamond reserves, Maduro said in his regular Sunday televised broadcast, a five-hour showcase of Christmas songs and dancing. The petro, he said, would help Venezuela "advance in issues of monetary sovereignty, to make financial transactions and overcome the financial blockade."

Opposition leaders derided the announcement, which they said needed congressional approval, and some cast doubt on whether the digital currency would ever see the light of day in the midst of turmoil. The real currency, the bolivar, is in freefall, and the country is sorely lacking in basic needs like food and medicine.


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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Thursday December 07 2017, @09:23PM (1 child)

    by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Thursday December 07 2017, @09:23PM (#607000) Homepage
    Oh, and in other news, congrats to XBT for reaching $16000 (actually 16500) whilst I was in the pub tonight.
    If you're not at 17000 by morning, son, I'll be disappoint.
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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Thursday December 07 2017, @10:41PM

    by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Thursday December 07 2017, @10:41PM (#607022) Homepage
    Oh, in other news, one episode of DS9 later - happy $17.5 XBT, son, I am not disappoint!
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