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The government in Venezuela has taken a step to try and deal with the country's energy problems. It has initiated a two-day week for all state employees. Public workers had already been working four days a week after made Fridays a no-work day two months . The country's 2.8 million public workers will now have five days off a . President Nicolas Maduro addressed the in a televised , saying: "From tomorrow, for at least two weeks, we are going to have Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as non-working days for the public ." Employees were told they would still be paid in , despite the greatly reduced working week.

The government is blaming the energy crisis on and El Nino weather patterns. Water levels in hydroelectric are dangerously low. Mr Maduro likened the Guri region, home to the nation's dam, to a desert. Critics of the president say management, inadequate investment and corruption are behind the current . The country's 30 million people are facing daily disruptions to their lives. Women have been asked to use hair dryers and shopping malls have to rely on their own electricity . Electricity is being rationed in most of the country. The president turned the clocks back thirty minutes to provide half-an-hour of extra evening .

 
 

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