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REUTERS/ Mohammed Ameen -A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Resident of district of karrada demand, the House of Representatives to question the officials in the Ministry of Electricity" during a protest in Baghdad's Karrada district June 19, 2010. Iraqi security forces opened fire to disperse thousands of angry protesters demonstrating in the oil hub of Basra on Saturday against crippling power cuts, and security sources said one person died.

Policy Briefing

Turn a Light On: Electricity Sector Reform in Iraq

March 18, 2015, Luay Al-Khatteeb and Harry H. Istepanian

Luay Al-Khatteeb and Harry Istepanian argue that even before IS advances plunged Iraq into a deep political and security crisis, divisions within the Iraqi parliament and various government agencies had stymied efforts at reform. Still, they note that improving the provision of electricity is a clear opportunity to improve basic services to its citizens, boosting government legitimacy and acceptance in areas under its control, especially as it seeks to retake territory from IS.

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