[tz] Venezuela may move back to UTC-4

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Sat Nov 1 17:29:36 UTC 2014

Yesterday, President Nicolas Maduro ordered his vice president to review 
Venezuela's 2007 change from UTC-04:00 to UTC-04:30.  Hugo Chavez, the previous 
president who ordered the change, argued that UTC-04:00 gave more light to poor 
children who walk to school before dawn through sometimes-dangerous streets. 
Maduro says he prefers later sunsets.

For what it's worth, local mean time in Caracas is UTC-04:28.  According to our 
(admittedly unreliable) records, Venezuela observed UTC-04:30 from 1912 through 
1965, and observed UTC-04:00 from 1965 to 2007.

My source:

Reuters. Venezuela to reconsider Chavez's change in time zone.  The Star 

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