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Venezuela's president, Nicolás Maduro, has declared the entire upcoming Holy Week 2016, from March 19 until March 27, 2016 inclusively, as non-working public holidays for the Venezuelan public sector as part of another attempt at load shedding.
As Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are already annual public holidays in Venezuela, the aforementioned announcement actually only declares March 21 to 23, 2016, as additional non-working public sector holidays ("Desde el sábado 19 de marzo (...) hasta el Domingo de Resurrección, el 27 de marzo, plan especial de ahorro eléctrico y de agua producto del fenómeno climático El Niño que agudiza la sequía en una parte del continente y a la vez provoca intensas lluvias en otras").
A few years ago (2010-03-25), Venezuela's then President, Hugo Chávez, had similarly announced that the entire Holy Week, March 29 to April 2, 2010, had been declared as non-working public holidays in Venezuela, to lighten the load on Venezuela's power grid.
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