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Iraqis protest power blackouts

Iraq’s public services are among the worst in the region.

June 23, 2010 5:49 by

Iraqi tempers are flaring over their government’s failure to provide reliable electricity, despite official assurances that power shortages are being addressed.

Thousands of angry Iraqis poured into the streets of Basra, Nasiriyah, and Karbala protesting Iraq’s regular power outages. Blackouts are common in a country that struggles with outdated and dilapidated infrastructure, neglected for decades. Most Iraqis have become dependent on gasoline-powered generators.

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