Power failures have become a fact of life in Venezuela, but the energy problems have not affected the presidential palace — until now.
President Hugo Chavez was giving a televised address Thursday when the broadcast on state TV was suddenly interrupted. TV screens went fuzzy for a couple of seconds, then the channel switched to a spot urging Venezuelans to save electricity.
When the live broadcast resumed minutes later, Chavez said the interruption was caused by problems with a power generator.
Chavez blames energy shortages on a drought and low water levels at the Guri Dam, which supplies about 70 percent of Venezuela's electricity. Critics argue Chavez has failed to invest enough in electricity production.
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