Fuel prices in Zimbabwe increase by more than 150%
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Harare - Zimbabwe's fuel prices will go
up by as much as 152% on Wednesday, the energy regulator said,
after the government removed a fixed exchange rate in place
The last time the country saw a similar
steep rise in fuel prices, in January 2019, violent protests
broke out, leaving 17 people dead after a crackdown
by the security forces.
Zimbabwe is already going through its worst economic crisis
in a decade, marked by high inflation, food and medical
The price of petrol will go up to 71.62 Zimbabwe dollars
(U.S. $1.25) per litre, from 28.96 Zimbabwe dollars previously,
the regulator announced on Tuesday night. The diesel price will
now be 62.77 Zimbabwe dollars from 24.93 Zimbabwe dollars.
Zimbabwe began weekly foreign currency auctions on Tuesday
in a bid to increase efficiency in the allocation of scarce U.S.
dollars in the economy, ending a fixed exchange rate of 25 local
dollars to the United States dollar, which had been in place
since March 30.
The average exchange rate closed at 57.3582 Zimbabwe dollars
to one US dollar after the first auction.