Heading off summer power protests

Fearing unrest on the heels of the "Arab Spring," government OKs emergency fuel to angry citizens who forced out electricity minister last year.
Iraqis in Nassiriya protest amidst a heatwave last summer, as demonstrations around the country led to the resignation of the electricity minister. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Iraq’s government is guaranteeing citizens 12 hours of discount-priced electricity from local generators this summer, hoping to mitigate another imminent upswell of protests.

The dissatisfaction on the streets has fueled a surge of populist politicking. On Thursday in Baghdad, tens of thousands of supporters of cleric Moqtada Sadr held a parade of sorts, where organized squads marched over U.S., UK and Israeli flags painted on the ground.

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