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IMF suspended work with Venezuela on economic data after political upheaval

Lesley Wroughton

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund suspended work with Venezuela on its economic data in January because of questions about the country's recognized government, the IMF said on Thursday, days after the Venezuelan central bank reported its first data in nearly four years.

The IMF spokesman told Reuters the publication of gross domestic product and inflation data by the central bank on Tuesday was done by authorities in the government of President Nicolas Maduro and was not due to pressure by the Washington-based lender.

"We cannot offer a view on data quality as we have not had the opportunity to make a full assessment in the absence of contacts with the authorities," the spokesman said.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Dan Grebler)