Friday, April 25, 2014   

Venezuela fears electricity sabotage
(12-03 14:05)

Caracas and other cities in Venezuela plunged into darkness Monday night as a power cut hit just as the president was speaking on TV and radio, with local elections five days away.
President Nicolas Maduro, who was elected in n April after the death of Hugo Chavez, later blamed the backout on the “fascist right.''
He called it ``live sabotage on the electrical grid.'' Maduro, a former union leader and bus driver, is struggling to establish the stature and following enjoyed by his political mentor Chavez, who died of cancer in March.
The December 8 municipal elections are considered a test of Maduro's popularity and performance since taking power.
“There is no reason for today's blackout,'' he said from the presidential palace. “All Venezuelans are strangely surprised.''
Power started being restored a few hours later.—AFP

   
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