Venezuela, in Historic Shift, Moves to Scale Back Fuel Subsidy

The regime of Nicolás Maduro, grappling with powerful gasoline shortages, claimed it will scale back its longstanding gas subsidy and privatize provider stations, in a major change for Venezuelans extensive accustomed to filling up their cars cost-free of demand.

The measures, which acquire effect on Monday, are a gamble for Mr. Maduro as he struggles with a devastating economic crisis and tries to outlast U.S.-led sanctions meant to topple his authoritarian administration.