Agence France-PresseDecember 3, 2013 09:34
Caracas and other cities in Venezuela plunged into darkness Monday night as a power cut hit just as the president was speaking on TV and radio, with local elections five days away.
President Nicolas Maduro, who was elected in n April after the death of Hugo Chavez, later blamed the backout on the "fascist right."
He called it "live sabotage on the electrical grid." Maduro, a former union leader and bus driver, is struggling to establish the stature and following enjoyed by his political mentor Chavez, who died of cancer in March.