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Venezuela blackout: Maduro blames US for power outages | Venezuela News

The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday blamed "American imperialism" for a prolonged power outage that hit most of the South American country. The official president blamed the blackout on "the electric war announced and ruled by American imperialism against our people," he said on Twitter. But US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo denied Washington was behind it. "Lack of power and starvation are the result of the Maduro regime's incompetence." The state-owned electricity operator Corpoelec blamed the outbreak of the sabotage by Guri Dam, one of the world's largest hydroelectric power stations and the cornerstone of Venezuelan electricity grid. Speaking from the capital Caracas, Al Jazeera's Teresa described the city as completely in the dark. "The government says the opposition and its leaders Juan Guaido stand behind this attack as the United States, she said, adding that many states remained without electricity. For their part, Guaido, the self-declared interim leader, said on Friday that all but one of Venezuela's 23 states had no electricity and that the capital Caracas Venezuela communications minister Jorge Rodriguez's old state transmitter Telesur that some 1 0 states had been affected by the blackouts, which he called "brutal electrical sabotage", and added that the force resumed in Three states and the rest of the country would follow within a few hours. power. " Rodriguez also accused US Senator Marco Rubio of being involved in the" sabotage "and claiming that he" predicted "power cuts rotten before it happened. "My excuses to [the] people in Venezuela," Rubio…

The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday blamed “American imperialism” for a prolonged power outage that hit most of the South American country.

The official president blamed the blackout on “the electric war announced and ruled by American imperialism against our people,” he said on Twitter.

But US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo denied Washington was behind it. “Lack of power and starvation are the result of the Maduro regime’s incompetence.”

The state-owned electricity operator Corpoelec blamed the outbreak of the sabotage by Guri Dam, one of the world’s largest hydroelectric power stations and the cornerstone of Venezuelan electricity grid.

Speaking from the capital Caracas, Al Jazeera’s Teresa described the city as completely in the dark.

“The government says the opposition and its leaders Juan Guaido stand behind this attack as the United States, she said, adding that many states remained without electricity.

For their part, Guaido, the self-declared interim leader, said on Friday that all but one of Venezuela’s 23 states had no electricity and that the capital Caracas

Venezuela communications minister Jorge Rodriguez’s old state transmitter Telesur that some 1

0 states had been affected by the blackouts, which he called “brutal electrical sabotage”, and added that the force resumed in Three states and the rest of the country would follow within a few hours. power. ”

Rodriguez also accused US Senator Marco Rubio of being involved in the” sabotage “and claiming that he” predicted “power cuts rotten before it happened.

“My excuses to [the] people in Venezuela,” Rubio replied on Twitter. “I must have printed errors on the” Electronic Attack “app that I downloaded from Apple. I’m bad.”

Maduro has presided over a huge economic crisis since he succeeded Hugo Chavez as president in 2013. The long-standing crisis has seen large numbers of people facing food and medicine shortages that force millions to leave the country.

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