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CARACAS, June 22 (Reuters) - Venezuela's central bank is seeking to sell fixed-income securities to Nomura as a way of raising cash amid an economic crisis, an opposition deputy and a finance industry source said on Thursday, only weeks after a similar deal embroiled the Japanese bank in controversy.
Opposition legislators this month publicly chided Nomura for participating along with Goldman Sachs in a $2.9 billion bond operation that helped the government of President Nicolas Maduro bolster the country's flagging foreign currency reserves.
The talks revolve around $710 million in securities known as credit-linked notes that were issued by Nomura to Venezuela in 2008, according to the finance industry source, as a way for the then-prosperous OPEC nation to invest its bountiful oil revenue.
Venezuela, now struggling under triple-digit inflation and Soviet style product shortages as its socialist economy unravels, is willing to sell the notes back to Nomura at a discount before the notes mature.
"Nomura is buying back notes that are held by the central bank," opposition legislator Angel Alvarado, who is part of a broad effort to pressure global banks not to provide financing to Venezuela, told Reuters.
"The government is continuing with its desperate strategy of selling off assets because its cash-flow limitations."
Nomura declined to comment.
One of the notes has a face value of $390 million and matures at the end of 2018 while the other, with a face value of $320 million, matures in 2023, according to the finance industry source, who asked not to be identified.
"The deal could be closed as early as next week," said the source, who asked not to be identified.
Nomura in May bought $100 million in bonds issued by state oil company PDVSA at a discount of almost 70 percent, while Goldman Sachs acquired another $2.8 billion on similar terms. (Reporting by Corina Pons,; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Bernard Orr)