Protests push Mozambique government to reverse bread price hike (AP)

MAPUTO, Mozambique — Mozambique’s government says it is reversing bread price increases that had touched off deadly riots.

Planning Minister Aiuba Cuereneia told reporters after a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that the 20 percent increase in the price of bread that went into effect Monday would be reversed.

He also says the government is suspending salary increases for top government officials.

Protests last week in the capital, Maputo, turned violent, with demonstrators clashing with police. The health department says the death toll was 13.

Mozambique’s government has said that keeping food prices low is difficult because so much of the country’s food has to be imported. The southeastern African nation grows only 30 percent of the wheat it needs.

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