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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) rejected Venezuela’s request for a $5-billion loan to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the IMF said the request could not be evaluated because there was “no clarity” among its member states on who was the leader of the South American nation: the democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro or U.S.-backed lawmaker Juan Guaido.

“Unfortunately, the Fund is not in a position to consider this request […] There is no clarity on recognition at this time,” said the statement.

Maduro’s government requested a $5-billion loan from the IMF to help deal with the novel

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