Video: Iraq Power Outage Sparks Protests

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Anger at frequent power cuts is spilling onto the streets of Iraq as summer temperatures soar. Experts say Iraq needs about 30,000 megawatts a day to overcome this crisis.

Protesters are blaming consecutive authorities for failing not only to create more power-generating projects but also to protect existing power installations. Power facilities have been frequently attacked - tens of sabotage operations have been reported since the beginning of this year.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi blamed his predecessors and said Iraq should diversify its resources to operate power plants instead of relying on gas from Iran.

Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed reports from Baghdad, Iraq:

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