Economic Crisis: Cuban government forced to ration essentials

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FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2009 file photo, an employee works in a government food store with empty shelves in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban government said, Friday, May 10, 2019, that it will begin rationing chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. (AP Photo/Javier […]

The Cuban government says it will begin widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis.

Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency that various forms of rationing would be employed in order to deal with shortages of staple foods.

She blamed the hardening of the U.S. trade embargo by the Trump administration.

Economists give equal or greater blame to a plunge in aid from Venezuela.

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