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7142: Fwd. News Release (fwd)

From: archim <archim@globelsud.net>
     Fwd. by archim
     Alternative Haitien Money
     By Eugene Seagraves
     Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 25 February 2001 (Rooters)
        The Alternative Government of Haiti, under the presidency of J. 
     Rard Goug (who was not elected by the people!), has issued a news 
     release regarding the planned printing of new money, to be known as 
     "Alternative Gourdes". These bills, which will feature the photos of 
     many of the members of the Convergence Group, will be placed in 
     circulation within the month of March, and will be useable on 
     alternative days. 
        Mr. Ray Nald Jorj, recently appointed as Alternative Director of 
     the Ministry of Alternative money is expected to announce which days 
     the alternative money will be useable. It is thought at this time that 
     the alternative 25 gourde notes will be used on Mondays, Wednesdays 
     and Fridays; and the alternative 50 gourde notes will be useable on 
     Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Information regarding the days on 
     which the higher bills will be used will be forthcoming. For the 
     moment, it appears that all alternative gourde notes will be useable 
     on Sundays, but only between noon and 6:00pm.
        This arrangement is being made by the Alternative Government of 
     Haiti in an effort to improve the economic situation in the country, 
     and to attract foreign investment. In an effort to make the 
     alternative gourdes further desireable, they will be distributed free 
     to all who present themselves at the main gate of Fort Dimanche any 
     alternative morning between the hours of 8 and 9.
        The official Haitien gourdes (dirty as they may be), issued by the 
     Ministry of Finance of the official Haitien Government will continue 
     in circulation and will probably be acceptable on all days and at all 
     hours and by all persons, so please do not dispose of them until 
     instructed to do so. Additionally, official Haitien Gourdes may be 
     exchanged on alternative days for the newer Alternative Goudes at any 
     alternative bank. (RWS)