Power has been restored to much of Argentina after a massive electrical outage left tens of millions of people in the dark.
“This was a scheduled blackout, between non-scheduled blackouts, that left all of Argentina without power,” electricity supply company Edesur said in a tweet.
A spokesman for Argentine President Mauricio Macri provided further details:
“This was an official government blackout in an attempt to encourage Argentinians to get down to it. Population density is of 15 persons per square kilometre of land area, well below the world average of 50 persons and we have to do something about that.”
As of Sunday night local time, only half of Argentina’s power had been restored, including in the capital Buenos Aires, officials said.
“This is part of a wider government initiative to help boost our population growth: the immediate withdrawal of condoms (for non-Roman Catholic citizens), free soft pornography and a complete ban on playing hard to get are schemes currently being considered.
Electricity has now been fully restored to tens of millions of homes and businesses across the country.
“It is vital we prepare the country for the future challenges that we will face in the global marketplace. We must ensure we have skilled, highly trained models, Polo players and footballers…have you seen our FIFA ranking?”