Venezuela’s socialist government on Monday eased a nationwide energy-saving programme, bringing to an end a controversial two-day work week since April for nearly 3-million public sector workers.

Electricity Minister Luis Motta said that due to rising waters at the Guri reservoir, which supplies two-thirds of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) nation’s electricity, state workers would return to work until 1pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Weekend electricity rationing would also end, and schools, which had been closing on Fridays as another energy-saving move, would return to opening for the whole week, the minister said.

“We are winning!” he said via Twitter.

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