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Tuesday, 1 May, 2001, 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK
Delay for Guatemala dollarisation

The Supreme Court in Guatemala has delayed the adoption of the United States dollar as an official currency until it has ruled on the constitutionality of the measure.

The decision follows an appeal by a group of unions representing teachers, doctors and other professionals.

The dispute centres on whether the law on dollarisation gives the central bank sufficient control of currency movements.

No date has been given for the Supreme Court ruling.

Guatemala would have been the fourth Latin American country to adopt the US dollar -- a measure aimed at strengthening the country's economy.

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