TODAY VENEZUELA – To alleviate the power crisis the country is facing, President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday informed that April 18 will be a non-working day for the public sector and schools nationwide.

Also for energy saving purposes, next May 1 Venezuela will change its current time zone, in order “to tackle the El Niño.”

Maduro welcomed at the Miraflores presidential palace, in downtown Caracas, hundreds of government supporters refusing a law –passed by the opposition – controlled National Assembly – that grants title deeds to people who have been given dwellings under the Great Mission Housing Venezuela, by the National Housing Institute and the National Housing Council.

“In 17 years of revolution, we have built 1.58 million housing units for the people, more than in 1928-1998.”

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