Venezuela is launching a restructuring of the national electricity company Corpoelec amid power outages, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez stated.
"Following orders of the president, we have established the power supply general headquarters. We have identified two areas of our work: responding to an emergency situation in the electrical system caused by criminal attacks, and creating an 'armoured' system to counter various attacks", Rodriguez said during a headquarters meeting in the state of Bolivar, broadcast by Venezuelan state television.
"In this regard, it was decided to restructure and modernise the national electric power corporation Corpoelec", Rodriguez added.
The statement comes after spontaneous protest actions were held in Caracas and several other cities at the end of March demanding the restoration of electricity supply.
Major power outages continued across the country later in March, with Caracas stressing that the country's power system had suffered several attacks. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in particular, mentioned "electromagnetic attacks" on power transmission lines.
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