A goodwill gesture over electricity sows discord in Lebanon

This July 16, 2018 photo, shows a privately-owned power station, in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP)
Updated 10 August 2018
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A goodwill gesture over electricity sows discord in Lebanon

  • A goodwill gesture to power-starved Lebanon from an energy company in Turkey has backfired
  • The barge’s arrival opened a Pandora’s box of partisan mudslinging in a country hobbled by political sectarianism and dysfunction

BEIRUT: A goodwill gesture to power-starved Lebanon from an energy company in Turkey has backfired, igniting mudslinging and corruption allegations.
This summer, the Karadeniz Energy Group lent Lebanon a floating power station to generate electricity at below-market rates to help ease the strain on the country’s woefully under-maintained power sector.
Instead, the barge’s arrival opened a Pandora’s box of partisan mudslinging in a country hobbled by political sectarianism and dysfunction.
There’ve been rows over where it should dock, how to allocate its 235 megawatts of power, and even what to call the barge.
It’s even driven a wedge between Lebanon’s two dominant Shiite Muslim parties: Amal and the militant Hezbollah.
Lebanon has faced rolling blackouts for decades and outages in the south can stretch for more than 12 hours a day.


Iraq parliament approves ministers but deadlock over security posts

Updated 17 min 27 sec ago
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Iraq parliament approves ministers but deadlock over security posts

  • Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has now filled 17 posts in his cabinet of 22 ministers
  • Deadlock remains over the five empty posts including the key ministers of defense and interior

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s parliament approved three new ministers Tuesday but broke up before voting on the five remaining posts.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has now filled 17 posts in his cabinet of 22 ministers. 

But deadlock remains over the five empty posts including the key ministers of defense and interior.

The other 14 were approved by parliament in late October.