Lebanon Power Company Says it Can’t Do Repairs Due to Sit-In

The directors of Lebanon’s state-run electricity provider said the company can no longer do repair or maintenance work because it has no access to the equipment it needs, the official National News Agency said today.

In a statement carried by the agency, the Electricite du Liban directors said work at the company will only resume after contract workers seeking full-time employment end their sit-in at the company’s headquarters. The crisis will lead to a power blackout throughout Lebanon soon, the company said on July 30.

The workers, who have for months been demanding full employment, have closed the company’s entrances and vowed to escalate the situation until the Cabinet meets their demands. Most areas across Lebanon have for years experienced power rationing.

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