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    Iraqis protest over Baghdad heatwave power cuts

    On Thursday, government declared a four-day public holiday after temperatures broke 50C, with appeals for people to save power

    Baku. 1 August. REPORT.AZ/ Hundreds of Iraqi protesters have taken to the streets of Baghdad to protest against power shortages as the country experiences a heatwave, Report informs citing BBC.

    They blamed government corruption for a lack of investment in infrastructure.

    On Thursday, the government declared a four-day public holiday after temperatures broke 50C (122F), with appeals for people to save power. Blackouts are common during the summer as Iraq's electricity grid struggles to deal with the extreme temperatures.

    Analysts say that the country's grid was severely damaged by US bombing during the 2003 invasion. The infrastructure has also been repeatedly targeted by insurgents. In some areas of the country it is common to have only a few hours of electricity each day.

    The government has admitted that at peak times during the summer it will only be able to provide half the country's required power. On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered electricity to be cut at state institutions and the homes of all government officials.

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