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Power Blackouts Could Tip Iraq’s Protesters Over the Edge

  • Iraq’s surging power needs outstrip scant supply: IEA’s Birol
  • Two die in power-cut protests; premier says no quick solution
A demonstrator waves the national flag during a protest in Basra.

A demonstrator waves the national flag during a protest in Basra.

Photographer: HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images
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Chronic power outages combined with low oil prices threaten Iraq’s political stability, and OPEC’s second-biggest producer must act fast to boost electricity supply or face a new crisis within the next two months.

That’s the conclusion of Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency, which advises the world’s richest economies on energy policy.