A nationwide power outage on Thursday plunged Venezuela into crisis. The embattled government blamed "American imperialists" for the electricity blackout — one of the longest in years.
The opposition leader has embarked on a national tour under the banner "Operation Liberty" to rally support for widespread protest against acting President Nicolas Maduro. But government supporters aren't staying silent.
The charges came as the Maduro government blamed Washington for causing the worst blackout in Venezuela's recent history. Tareck El Aissami is the most senior figure within Maduro's government to be targeted by the US.
Venezuela's capital, Caracas, was reportedly left in total darkness for more than four hours as commuters headed home from work. Acting President Nicolas Maduro blamed the US of orchestrating the blackout.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would withdraw all remaining embassy personnel from Venezuela. Meanwhile, opposition leader Guaido called for more protests.
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