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Burma Doubles Fuel Prices


Burma's military government has doubled fuel prices in the impoverished country, surprising commuters with the unannounced change.

Drivers only learned of the price hike today when they went to fill their tanks. No explanation was given for why the price of four liters of diesel fuel jumped overnight to two-dollars-33 cents.

The price of natural gas also increased, making it difficult for many bus drivers to fill their tanks. Many commuters who normally take the bus had to seek alternative transportation after their rides did not show up.

Gasoline is rationed in Burma. Drivers are allotted 227 liters a month, and many of them buy the fuel for resale on the black market.

Burma last increased fuel prices in 2005.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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