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China offers to restore power in Venezuela

14 Mar 2019, 02:55 GMT+10

Beijing [China], Mar 13 (ANI): China on Wednesday offered help to restore Venezuela's power grid amid the blackout that continued for the sixth day in the South American nation on Wednesday.

"China is deeply concerned about this," the Daily Star quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang as saying.

"China hopes that the Venezuelan side can discover the reason for this issue as soon as possible and resume normal power supply and social order. China is willing to provide help and technical support to restore Venezuela's power grid," Kang added.

The previous week, President Nicolas Maduro, in his televised address, noted that the power outage was an"electronic coup" carried out by "criminal minds", apparently referring to Opposition leader Juan Guaido and the United States - the allegations were, however, denied by Washington.

Venezuela experienced a total blackout last week which left 22 out of the 23 states in the country without power.

The electricity disruption hit the country on Thursday, with the national electricity supplier Corpoelec alleging"sabotage" at the Guri hydroelectric power plant.

On Tuesday (local time), Maduro declared victory after electricity was restored in some parts of the South American nation.

He further said the government would work on strengthening the electricity service.

The Latin American nation is currently in the throes of political turmoil following January 23, when Guaido declared himself to be the President of Venezuela. The United States immediately supported Guaido and also rallied for other nations to side with the National Assembly President.

While Maduro is the elected President of Venezuela, most of the international community has decried the previous elections as rigged. Making things worse, Venezuela's economy is currently grappling with US-imposed sanctions, as a major shortage of medicines and inflation is leading to growing public dissent against the Maduro-government. (ANI)

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