CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela raised its minimum wage to 1 million bolivars per month yesterday, the third increase this year that puts the figure at just $1.61 at the black market exchange rate.
President Nicolas Maduro’s announcement of the 155 percent rise – or 13 percent fall, in dollar terms – came three weeks before a presidential election. It accompanies a monthly food ticket now worth just over 1.5 million bolivars.
The once-rich OPEC country is in the midst of an economic crisis in which millions earn just a couple of dollars per month, suffer food and medicine shortages and battle soaring inflation.
Maduro blames an “economic war” waged against his government by Washington and the country’s opposition.