(voanews)–Ethiopia has begun circulating new currency notes to combat monetary crimes.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced Monday the release of the birr in denominations of 10, 50 and 100.
The East African country also introduced its first 200 birr note.
Ahmed hopes the new currency will also boost the inflation riddled economy impacted partly by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ethiopians have three months to exchange old notes with the new ones.
Authorities believe the new design and security features on the new birr note will prevent counterfeiting.
Banks had urged the government to demonetize, citing money circulating outside the banking system has worsened the liquidity problems banks are facing.
Ethiopia last changed its currency two decades ago at the end of the Ethiopian-Eritrean civil war.
Nothing introduced by Col Abiy that have ever succeeded.
The new Ethiopian currency introduced by Abiy Ahmed was found to have an error in the English language script, specifically two hundred birr. As you can see below they wrote TWO HUNOREO, instead of TWO HUNDRED. We marked it and look at the one in your pocket.
The insane Col with the fake PHD is shame to Ethiopia. Just questioning is TWO HUNOREO an Oromo or is it an Eritrean language? Whatsoever, we hope it’s not an Oromo nor English language.