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Iraqi protesters hold rallies over power outages

3 August 2015 16:47


Iraqi people have taken to the streets in a number of provinces to continue protests against the shortage of power supplies.

Thousands of people in the central province of Babil held a rally on Sunday to show their anger at power cuts during the scorching summer heat, with temperatures surpassing 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).

Similar demonstrations were also held in the southeastern province of Dhi Qar and the central province of Najaf.

The protesters called on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to allocate a special budget to solve the power outage crisis.

Demanding better electricity and water services, hundreds of Iraqis have been staging massive rallies across the country since Friday.

Several thousand people staged a protest on Friday evening in the capital, Baghdad, chanting slogans against the lack of electricity and blaming it on corruption.

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