Although more than $40 billion was spent on electricity in Iraq, the electricity crisis continues to spark popular anger due to mismanagement by energy ministries in consecutive governments, Al Arabiya news reported.
Kuwait has intervened to help Iraq in this realm, according to a source from the Safwan Border Crossing in South of Iraq, where they sent around 17 power generators to mitigate the electricity crisis in Basra.
According to the source, the generators will generate around 34 megawatts. The source added that the border crossing officials are waiting for the federal authorities’ orders to finalize procedures before the generators are brought into the country.
Popular protests first erupted in Basra, south of Iraq, after Iran cut off electricity supplies to Iraq around two weeks ago, and spread to other southern and central provinces and turned violent after security forces used force against protestors.
Meanwhile, the General Secretariat of the Sairoon Alliance which is supported by Muqtada Al-Sadr and which won the May 12 elections voiced its support of the protests.