Venezuelan workers return to five-day work week as energy crisis eases

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Venezuela's two-day workweek is no more.

Public workers will now work five days a week again because officials say a severe energy crisis has eased.

In April, the South American country's government decreed that public employees would work just Monday and Tuesday in a bid to save energy.

On Monday, the energy minister said water levels at the dam that supplies most of the country's electricity had been somewhat restored. Workers will now go to the office on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays until 1 p.m.

Critics said the office closures were useless, because people just went home and ran their own computers and air conditioning units.

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Power outages have been a chronic problem in this oil country. Maduro's predecessor President Hugo Chavez promised to solve the problem in 2010, but little has improved.

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