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    Iran power cuts fuel fears in Iraq as scorching summer peaks

    BAGHDAD (AP) – Iran halted its crucial supply of power to Iraq, fuelling fears of protests on Tuesday amid instability following the resignation of Iraq’s electricity minister.

    Cash-strapped Iran has put pressure on Iraq’s government to release payments for power after falling into arrears. The development comes with months of scorching summer temperatures still to come, and ahead of much anticipated federal elections.

    Electricity Minister Majed Mahdi Hantoosh submitted his resignation on Monday amid popular and political pressure over repeated power outages across the country. Provinces across the country’s south – where temperatures currently average 50 degrees Celsius – are shortening working hours citing extreme heat.

    A call for protests in the oil-rich province of Basra, often the stage of power-related demonstrations, was distributed across social media giving the government until 6pm on Tuesday to restore power.

    “Or else we will escalate and all of Basra’s streets will be cut off, and we will teach the officials a lesson they will never forget,” it said.

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