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Portugal brings in petrol rations as tanker drivers go on strike

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Portugal is rationing petrol as tanker drivers begin an open-ended strike over pay.
The government has set a limit of 25 litres (6.6 gallons) for customers at petrol stations until further notice.
Some hauliers in other sectors of the economy have also joined the walkout that started on Monday.
Anticipating petrol and fresh food shortages, the centre-left Socialist government, which faces a general election in October, is forcing the drivers to provide a minimum volume of supplies.
Authorities hope to limit disruption by demanding that drivers maintain petrol supplies to emergency services and airports, provide 75% of normal petrol deliveries for public transport systems and 50% to petrol stations.
All perishable goods and at least half of normal food supplies must also be delivered to stores.

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