[Gist] El Salvador President, Bukele, sinks with bitcoin, splashes $15 million on BTC


The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, has announced that his government has bought the dip to increase its total holdings of bitcoin, which is an official legal tender in the country.

El Salvador started purchasing bitcoin last year against criticism, to support its economy and reduce its dependence on its other currency, American dollar.

And Bukele seems to be willing to sink with bitcoin, rather than exit with panic, considering as of the time of this report, bitcoin was trading at $35,514.40.

This is 48.37% below BTC’s All-Time High of $68,789.63 in November – this means the digital currency has lost $33,275.23 from its value within three months.

Bitcoin’s crash has birthed concern about the country’s investment in the digital asset, but in a bullish move, Bukele disclosed that El Salvador has bought additional 410 bitcoins on Friday.

Bukele, who described himself as CEO of El Salvador, said the BTC cost $15 million, each estimated to cost between $35,000 and $36,000, although bitcoin crashed further at $35,422 upon El Salvador’s disclosure, before pushing forward to $36,653.56, then down again by 3.10%.

According to Bukele, holders are selling the digital currency for cheap, and had said in December that, “What has been called by international organizations as “The #Bitcoin Experiment”, is nothing more than the world watching how mass adoption changes a country’s economy.

“If it’s for the good, it’s game over for FIAT. El Salvador is the spark that ignites the real revolution.” Bukele tweeted.

The country now has at least 1,801 bitcoins, which are worth about $66 million.

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