Venezuela Orders Five-Day Weekends in Bid to Save Power Grid

by Jose Orozco

Venezuela declared five-day weekends for government workers and said it was seeking international help to save its power grid amid a drought that threatens the capital’s main source of electricity.

The two-day work week, after the government added Wednesdays and Thursdays as non-working days to save more power, will last at least two weeks, President Nicolas Maduro said on his weekly program broadcast on state television late Tuesday. Schools will be closed on Fridays starting this week, he said.

“The public sector will work Monday and Tuesday while we go through these critical and extreme weeks where we are doing everything to save Guri,” Maduro said, referring to the giant hydroelectric dam that has become like a “desert.”

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