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El Salvador Buys 100 Bitcoins as Crypto Market Falls

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele said in a tweet that he bought the coins at “a discount.”

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El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced on Friday that his country had bought an additional 100 Bitcoins after the digital currency declined in value.

Bitcoin, the world’s largest digital currency, on Friday fell as much as 7.15 percent over the last 1 week to $54,358 its lowest since October 12 and fell about 5.65 percent in the last 24 hours , according to CoinMarketCap data.

It was on track for its biggest one-day drop since September 20 and is now down more than 20 percent since touching a record high of $69,000 earlier this month.

As of October 28, El Salvador had bought 1,120 bitcoins.

In September, El Salvador became the world’s first country to adopt Bitcoin (BTC) a cryptocurrency as legal tender three months after the country’s legislature passed the Bitcoin Law, this move generated global media attention but also attracted criticism from the opposition and foreign financial institutions.

On November 20 Bluke said that the country is going to build an entire city using the Bitcoin fund during a presentation at Bitcoin Week in El Salvador.

Nayib Bukele arguing it will help millions of Salvadorans living abroad send remittances back home. He has also said it will bring financial inclusion, investment, tourism, and development.

But the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said El Salvador on Monday that the country should not use bitcoin as legal tender considering risks related to the cryptocurrency.

 

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