Iraq pushes electricity reform, prompting protests

New efforts to charge consumers for power could reduce consumption, increase state revenues, and alleviate budget pressures – but they are proving a very hard sell.
Iraq pushes electricity reform, prompting protests
An Iraqi worker fixes wiring linked to a generator which provides electricity to a residential neighborhood in Baghdad during power cuts on April 10, 2012. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's 2018 budget is delayed - tangled in political arguments over funding for post-war reconstruction, the development of Basra province, and revenue-sharing with Kurdistan.

Yet the country would have enough money to satisfy many demands of its haggling lawmakers, if only they could fix a problem that is mostly absent from their budget debates: the electricity sector.

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