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Iraqis hot under the collar over electricity

CAN’T TAKE THE HEAT The national grid can only provide one hour of power in every four, leaving private businesses — and crime lords — to take up the slack

AFP , BAGHDAD

US Ambassador Christopher Hill told reporters on Tuesday that Baghdad politicians had to make swift decisions and invest in services to calm public anger.

“It’s up 55 percent since 2003,” he said, referring to power generation, but “the demand figure is up 75 percent. Demand is outstripping supply.”

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