Maduro blames US for massive power outage

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the United States for a prolonged power outage which affected most of the South American country.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied Washington was behind it stating that power shortages and starvation are the result of the Maduro regime’s incompetence.

The power cut plunged the capital Caracas into almost complete darkness during rush hour on Thursday, before extending to other areas.

It comes amid rising tensions over opposition efforts – backed by the US and some Latin American countries – to remove Maduro from power.

Electricity Minister Luis Motta Dominguez called the blackout an act of sabotage and that the alleged attack took place at Venezuela’s main hydroelectric power station in Guri in the southern state of Bolivar, which provides the country with about 70% of its energy.

Blackouts are a daily occurrence across Venezuela, but one of this magnitude is rare.



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