Venezuela’s President Maduro Announces Electricity Rations Amid Country’s Blackouts

A woman holds a placard reading “We Want Water and Electricity” as she shouts slogans during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, about a lack of water and electric service during a new power outage in the country on Sunday. President Nicolás Maduro announced a 30-day electricity rationing plan to help as the government works to restore service.
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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Sunday instituted a plan to ration electricity as the troubled government scrambles to repair the country’s electrical system amid worsening economic and political conditions.

Maduro pleaded with the public to remain calm and resist violence as what he called “specialists, scientists and hackers” work to put an end to power and water outages.

“I have approved a 30-day plan to regulate the [electricity] output,” Maduro said in a televised address, explaining it will help curb the outages that have recently thrown the country into chaos for days at a time.