Bukele wants El Salvador to be the first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender

The president announced that he will send the bill next week.

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7, 2021

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Nayib Bukele , president of El Salvador , announced in a video that he hopes to make his country the first state to adopt bitcoin as legal tender in its territory.

As reported by CNBC , the president made it known, during the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami, that he will send a bill to Congress next week.

“What is transformative here is that bitcoin is both the largest reserve asset ever created, and a superior monetary network. Owning bitcoin provides a way to protect developing economies from potential [derived] inflation shocks from their fiat currency, “he declared.

Bukele said the country is partnering with the digital wallet company, Strike, to build a modern financial infrastructure using bitcoin technology.

Jack Mallers, founder of the Lightning Network Strike payments platform, said this will become a “‘shot heard’ around the world for bitcoin.”

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