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Bitcoin: El Salvador makes cryptocurrency legal tender


El Salvador has become the first country in the world to officially classify Bitcoin as legal currency.


Congress approved President Nayib Bukele's proposal to embrace the cryptocurrency, with 62 out of 84 possible votes on Tuesday night.


The president said the government had made history, and that the move would make it easier for Salvadorans living abroad to send money home.


Bitcoin will become legal tender, alongside the US dollar, in 90 days.


The new law means every business must accept Bitcoin as legal tender for goods or services, unless it is unable to provide the technology needed to do the transaction.

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