IMF: Honduras Cannot Use $163 Million

Honduras won't be able to use $163 million granted as Special Drawing Rights until the organism recognizes the current government.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Said resources are part of a global $250 billion infusion aimed at strengthening international reserves for all members of the Fund.

They were granted as Special Drawing Rights, a virtual currency created by the entity, that can be exchanged for real money.

According to Efe, the Fund officially communicated: "the current de facto regime won't be able to use these funds until a decision is taken by the Fund on whether it deals with said regime as the Government of Honduras".

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