Al-Khateeb: Don’t Politicise Electricity

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Minister for Electricity has warned of the dangers of politicising the problems in the country’s electicity sector.

Luay al-Khateeb told AFP:

“Electricity is a national security issue … In the end, any political, economic or security crisis in Iraq will affect the whole region — and the global economy will be open to threat. We’re urging for this file not to be politicised.”

The shortage of electricity in the summer months, when people rely on air conditioning to keep cool, has been a source of social unrest in the past.

Khateeb added:

“On October 25, the week I took office, electricity generation sat at between 9.5 to 10 GW. It is now at 15 GW. [Most Iraqi provinces] will receive no less than 20 hours of electricity per day. This, to be honest, is a level of production the country hasn’t seen in years.”

(Source: AFP)

One Response to Al-Khateeb: Don’t Politicise Electricity

  1. Ibn Al Iraq 21st May 2019 at 09:16 #

    H.E Minister,

    Why can’t you exert more pressures / inspections/follow ups to boost power more? There is around 8,000or 10,000 MW need rehabilitations and maintenance. The MoE should be working 24hurs to attend to increase power supply for summer, This is not miracle!!

    Every employee at MoE should care and acknowledge that its his duty to work harder and help to reduce power shortages .

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