Venezuela to end electricity rationing

People queue to buy basic food and household items outside a market in the poor Caracas neighbourhood of PetareVenezuela will stop rationing electricity next week, ending months of blackouts and other measures meant to alleviate its energy crisis, President Nicolas Maduro said. Starting Monday, the rationing plan “will have no effect and (the power grid) will operate normally 24 hours,” he said during a ceremony in Caracas, crediting recovered water levels at Venezuela’s main hydroelectric dam. The rationing, imposed in February, was aimed at alleviating a severe electricity crisis brought on by the country’s worst drought in 40 years, which the government blames on the El Nino weather phenomenon.

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