Electricity key to keeping power

As protests continue in Iraq, PM Maliki has backed a quick fix to summer power problems, in order to avert blackouts and revolt.
Electricity key to keeping power
Protesters marching across Baghdad's Sinic Bridge towards Tahrir Square on Monday voiced dissatisfaction with a government that has failed to provide reliable access to electricity and other basic services. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Electricity Ministry is rolling out a plan it hopes will offset expected power shortages this summer, following weeks of protests in Iraq and a wave of popular revolt in the region that has swept out two long-standing dictatorships.

Unlike those regimes, Iraq’s government was democratically elected – but it is still capable of provoking impassioned demonstrations. Summer protests in 2010, born of frustration as Iraqis suffered 120-degree heat without the power to run their air conditioners, forced out the electricity minister.

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