MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- The Nicaraguan government says it will cut the working hours of public officials to save on energy costs.
Treasury Department Minister Ivan Acosta says government officials will work six hours per day instead of nine.
Acosta told state TV Channel 4 that the measure could help cut government energy costs by 20 percent.
The plan comes at a time when Venezuela, which supplies oil to Nicaragua at lower cost, faces economic problems.
The Nicaraguan government recently announced it will begin funding monthly $30 "socialist" cash transfers to poor Nicaraguans paid for by Venezuela.