On Monday President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez decided to temporarily suspend the controversial energy rationing in Caracas admitting the plan did generate inconveniences; he asked for the resignation of Minister of Electrical Energy, Angel Rodriguez.
Just hours earlier the President had been adamant in his defense of the plan that cut electricity every two days for four hours at a time, all the while blaming previous administrations and an exceedingly dry season for the energy crisis.
The suspension applies, however, only to Caracas and rationing in the rest of the country will continue because “the plan is moving along correctly”; the situation in the capital will be limited and revised.
Rationing started last Wednesday for confused Venezuelans who were caught off guard, most didn’t know the schedules nor were they prepared to deal with the lack of electricity. Stores, schools and hospitals had been waiting for more information as far as when their shut-offs would be and had hoped to have contingency plans in place.
The oil producing country has been facing an economic recession and high inflation;blackouts and water shortages are also common occurrences which have greatly affected Chavez’ popularity. Authorities said the drought could last another five months and, if rationing is not in effect, the country could delve into a serious electrical collapse.