Petrol Price Rise Fuels Discontent (HB48)

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In January, the cash-strapped Haitian government bowed to pressure from the International Monetary Fund and withdrew the state subsidy pegging petrol, diesel and kerosene prices at well below the world market rate. The price of vehicle fuel shot up, with an immediate knock-on effect on the cost of public transport. Kerosene, used as a light source by poor people, almost doubled in price.

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