Thousands of people in El Salvador took to the streets on Sunday to air a range of complaints against President Nayib Bukele, from adopting bitcoin as legal tender to firing Supreme Court judges, viewed by critics as a power grab.
The Bukele government believes bitcoin can provide monetary sovereignty and financial inclusion to millions. But many Salvadorians remain skeptical about the move.
President Nayib Bukele's government insists the move will give many Salvadorans access to bank services for the first time.
Rumours have been doing the rounds for days that Paraguay will follow suit after El Salvador became the first country to use cryptocurrency.
The law would create mechanisms to help Salvadorans, especially small businesses, quickly convert payments they receive in bitcoins into dollars.
El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele said that he will send a bill to Congress next week to make bitcoin legal tender in the Central American nation, touting its potential to help Salvadorans living abroad send remittances home.
The seventh annual Istanbul Photo Awards’ winners were announced this week, with the top prize going to Mohammed Shajahan from Bangladesh. Shajahan wins the purse prize of $6,000 from Turkey’s distinguished news service Anadolu Agency.
Nayib Bukele, 39, is a harsh critic of El Salvador's traditional parties, who he accuses of abandoning the victims of the country's 1980-92 civil war.
US-Mexico border is a major crossing point for migrants fleeing poverty, drug-related violence and other woes in Mexico and Central America.
An NGO estimates that over 50 million people in America will be considered food insecure, including one in four children,
At least nine people are dead, seven injured and one is missing after heavy rains caused a landslide in the north of the country's capital San Salvador.
“It’s not easy to be away from your country. At times one only comes to suffer, to withstand mistreatment, hunger - and economically things aren’t good.”
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