Venezuela swaps its bolivar notes with coins in order to curb hyperinflation.
A major power blackout leaves most of Venezuela without electricity, including the capital Caracas. At least 18 of Venezuela's 23 states have reported blackouts. Venezuelan news website El Pitazo blames failures at Simón Bolívar hydroelectric plant; state TV blames anti-government saboteurs.
Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez almost come to blows at the Rio Group summit in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with Uribe taunting Chávez "Be a man! … you're a coward face-to-face! Stay and argue face-to-face!" and Chávez responding with a simple "Go to Hell!" The Summit also announces the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
Police in the Venezuelan capital Caracas disperse an opposition student protest over the closure of several television stations. Meanwhile, Vice President Ramón Carrizales resigns. [http:--www.google.com-hostednews-afp-article-ALeqM5hLJXSS2bg90lNF6FXmzQcghAovog (AFP)] [http:--english.eluniversal.com-2010-01-25-en_pol_esp_student-demonstratio_25A3337855.shtml ("El Universal")]date=August 2019