Protests in Tripoli over power outages, municipalities vow to take tougher stances

Protests in Tripoli over power outages, municipalities vow to take tougher stances

July 18, 2018 - 22:11
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

As power outages of over 10 hours a day continue to burden Libyans, especially in the capital Tripoli, several people protested on the streets their discontent with such conditions, while municipal councils vowed to organize more protests if the dilemma lingers longer.

Protesters set tires on fire and piled up sand to block the roads till Wednesday morning in Ghout Al-Shaal, Hay Al-Andalus and Dreibi neighborhoods in Tripoli, besides other cities in Libya, where all protesters expressed anger over the bad services and deteriorating living conditions.

"Summer heat, lack of rationalization of power use are the main issues behind the long outages." General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) said.

Hay Al-Andalus municipality said it will organize protests and call for the officials at the GECOL to step down, adding that all the crises the people are facing currently are added to this lingering and upsetting power outage crisis.

"Where are the officials and where is the government? They should step down and we all should go to elections. All Libyans must go on protests in all public squares and demand that." The municipality added.

GECOL's chairman Abdelmajid Hamza said they will contract in a month a number of firms to start building new power plants and repairing the existing ones after the issue posed by the Audit Bureau (No clear source of funding) had been solved.

The spokesman for the Head of the Presidential Council Mohammed El Sallak said last they agreed on building three new power stations, one of which in Tripoli, but added that the Audit Bureau blocked the project over dubious sources of funding.

GECOL has been using load shedding strategy to cut power on Tripoli and other cities in western Libya to cover for the deficit in the general grid that is challenged by growing demand in the summer, knowing that some cities have been refusing to share outages because there are power plants within their administrative borders.