Salvadoran President Proposes Citizenship for Foreign Investors

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    The Facts

    • President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele announced on Sunday that he plans to introduce several reforms, including offering citizenship to foreign investors.

    • Bukele, whose embrace of bitcoin has made him a controversial social media star, will send 52 legal reforms to El Salvador's congress.

    The Spin

    Progressive narrative

    Bukele's move to offer citizenship to foreign investors is yet another bold move intended to strengthen the country's economy by opening it up to foreign direct investment. It's in keeping with Bukele's efforts to cultivate individual freedom -- including through the use and adoption of cryptocurrency -- at a time when other nations are trending towards tyranny.

    Conservative narrative

    El Salvador's bet on bitcoin faces serious headwinds and could have dire consequences. Cryptocurrencies are inherently volatile, and Bukele's adoption has already drawn the scrutiny of the IMF, which has urged him to reverse course on his decision, and the US govt., which has tasked the State Dept. with reporting on the country's bitcoin adoption to mitigate potential risks.

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