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Maduro vows to protect Venezuela's 'key' infrastructure

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Still in the throes of a political crisis, Venezuelan has vowed to make "powerful changes" in the national government's working, to protect the "strategically important key infrastructure" of the Latin American nation.

Asking his ministers to "rule together with the people," Maduro said: "Soon, I will announce new powerful changes in ways of the national government's work."

"I would like to inform you about the creation and launch of the new structure to protect the strategically of Venezuela," Sputnik quoted him as saying during a speech at the here.

He decried the blackout - which recently faced - as a "cyberattack against the Venezuelan electric energy system", calling it a "terror act" by the against the Venezuelan people.

Last week, 22 out of 23 states in experienced a total blackout when the was "sabotaged", according to national Maduro blamed the and for the attack - a charge that has been denied by

"Venezuelans have defeated this terror attack and we are now preparing to move forward," Maduro said.

On January 23, declared himself as the of amidst major protests calling for Maduro to step down from his post. The US, while extending its support to Guaido, also rallied for other nations to side with

like Japan, UK, recognised Guaido as the interim President, after their ultimatum to Maduro to hold fresh elections expired as the continues to hold on to his post.

Maduro has accused the US of plotting a coup to overthrow him by supporting Guaido as the of Venezuela. like China, Russia, amongst others have supported Maduro's bid, slamming external interference in Venezuela.

While Maduro is the elected President of Venezuela, most of the international community have slammed the previous "rigged" elections.

Making things worse, Venezuela's economy is currently grappling with US-imposed sanctions, as a major shortage of medicines and inflation is leading to growing public dissent against the Maduro-government.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 17:21 IST