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Widespread blackouts hit Venezuela

Public transport suspended and presidential ceremony interrupted in latest failure of shaky electricity infrastructure

A power plant failure has knocked out electricity across a large part of Venezuela, interrupting a nationally televised presidential ceremony and forcing a suspension of subway and train services around the country.

The outage affected at least 14 of the country’s 23 states and caused several hours of traffic jams, as well as darkening homes and offices, in the capital, Caracas, on Friday.

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