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Turkish central bank hikes lending rate, halts lira drop

Turkey's central bank hiked its key interest rate by 300 basis points on Wednesday, and managed to stabilize its ailing currency. The late liquidity window lending rate, which is the rate local financial institutions can borrow at, was pushed to 16.5% from 13.5%. The country has been under pressure from a weakening currency, double-digit inflation and a government critical of the central bank.