Venezuelan Ambassador To Jordan Says Blackout Only Strengthened Public Support For Gov't

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Venezuelan Ambassador to Jordan Says Blackout Only Strengthened Public Support for Gov't

The recent nationwide power outage in Venezuela only strengthened the public's support for the government, contrary to the expectations of "imperialist" countries, Venezuelan Ambassador to Jordan Omar Vielma Osuna told Sputnik in an interview

AMMAN (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th March, 2019) The recent nationwide power outage in Venezuela only strengthened the public's support for the government, contrary to the expectations of "imperialist" countries, Venezuelan Ambassador to Jordan Omar Vielma Osuna told Sputnik in an interview.

"We were able to gain control over the so-called energy coup. We achieved positive results thanks to the organized efforts of the people. Imperialists ... sought to turn [Venezuelan] people against [President] Nicolas Maduro's policies, but the result was the opposite � the Bolivarian government's positions only strengthened," the ambassador said, asked whether Venezuela's leadership feared that the nationwide blackout would cause people to side with the opposition.

The ambassador also said that the blackout was just one of the means used by Venezuela's enemies to exacerbate the crisis in the country, adding that Venezuela's leadership needed to be prepared for future provocations.

"The 'energy coup' was just the first battle," Osuna said.

On March 7, a massive power outage swept through the majority of Venezuelan states, leaving the nation � over 30 million people � without access to basic amenities, including water and medical care at hospitals. National electricity supplier Corpoelec insisted that the blackout was the result of sabotage at the major Guri hydroelectric power plant in the country's east. Maduro has pinned the blame for the crisis on the United States, while Washington has denied having a role in the blackout.

Earlier this week, Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that power had been fully restored across Venezuela.

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