Venezuela overcomes a second blackout and Guaidó is politically disabled

Venezuela overcomes a second blackout and Guaidó is politically disabled

Venezuela overcame its second blackout of the month on Thursday, which had paralyzed the country since Monday, while the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president by some 60 nations, received a sanction from the Comptroller's Office that will prevent him from aspiring for 15 years. to political positions.

The measure was announced by the Comptroller General, Elvis Amoroso, who warned of a fine in cash against the politician without specifying amounts and also did not specify from what date this sanction of three decades begins to run.

Amoroso said in an appearance transmitted by the state channel VTV that it is "presumed" that Guaidó "hid or falsified" data from his affidavit of patrimony and, in turn, received money from international and national instances without justification.

The Venezuelan comptroller said that since 2015 the opposition made more than 90 trips abroad with a cost higher than 310 million bolivars ($ 94,096.79 at the official exchange rate) without clarifying how he could afford these expenses and has remained outside of Venezuela 248 days since winning a seat as deputy.

For his part, Guaidó dismissed the decision by pointing out that Amoroso, close to the Government, illegitimately occupies the post of comptroller because it was appointed by the ruling Constituent Assembly and not by Parliament as indicated by the Constitution.

The International Contact Group (ICG), composed of American and European countries that seek to help resolve the Venezuelan crisis, condemned the disqualification during the meeting held today in Quito in which they built proposals for electoral compliance and a roadmap for possible elections in the Caribbean country.

On the other hand, the Minister of Communication, Jorge Rodríguez, said in his Twitter account that the Government is in the "period of defense and counterattack against the terrorist attack" which, they say, caused the interruption of the electric power as in principle of month when another blackout paralyzed the country for a week.

"The Bolivarian Government informs that work activities are resuming throughout the country tomorrow, Friday 29. The suspension of educational activities is maintained at all levels," added the Chavez leader who earlier offered statements to VTV.

On that occasion the minister explained that the National Electrical System (SEN) has received four "large-scale" sabotage this month, on days 7, 9, 11 and 25; and he blamed the Venezuelan opposition and the United States Government for all this.

He reiterated the version offered by President Nicolás Maduro last night according to which a long-range rifle attack against a point of the Guri hydroelectric power station, the country's main hydroelectric power station, caused the interruption of the power supply since Monday.

Meanwhile, the head of the Operational Strategic Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (Ceofanb), Remigio Ceballos, said the military will reinforce the custody of the SEN facilities to prevent further attacks, although these places have already been monitored by the military since 2013 .

Meanwhile, the Attorney General, Tarek Saab, also reported on VTV that Justice has detained some people for the "sabotage" this month and indicated that this information will be detailed in the coming days.

In addition, a dozen government governors reported full restitution of electricity, which until yesterday was maintained at 80% Maduro announced to state channel VTV.

The Chavez leader, very much given to the statements on television, did not appear this Thursday on screen after yesterday announced in a phone call that the country will implement an electricity rationing plan of which details are still unknown.

In Caracas, Efe was able to verify that the Metro, through which hundreds of thousands of people are mobilized daily, continues to be closed, as are most shops and offices.

The public transport service, also diminished by the lack of spare parts, continued today with the help of several units authorized by the Executive to move the citizens who decided to move despite the suspension of classes and jobs.

In the rest of the country, faults persist in the telephone service and Internet access, while several communities registered new blackouts, such as in the state of Zulia and Trujillo, local residents assured Efe.


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