Venezuela orders long weekends to stave off power crisis

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 3:39 PM

President Nicolas Maduro says late Wednesday he's signing a decree giving state workers a Friday furlough for the following two months. Together with other measures, he hopes to reduce electricity consumption by at least twenty percent.

Venezuela orders long weekends to stave off power crisis

Public employees in Venezuela are being given long weekends in a tender to stave off a nationwide power crisis.

President Nicolas Maduro says late Wednesday he's signing a decree giving state workers a Friday furlough for the following two months. Together with other measures, he hopes to reduce electricity consumption by at least twenty percent.

Executive have been warning for weeks that the water level behind the nation'south largest dam has fallen to close its minimum operating level. Almost seventy % of the S American country*south electricity comes from hydropower.

Maduro*south socialist administration blames the critical situation on a drought and repeated acts of sabotage by its opponents.

But experts declare rationing could've been prevented had the government invested in maintenance and in the construction of thermoelectric plants.

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