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Lebanon’s continued electricity cuts portend disaster

The Lebanese state has yet to secure a continuous electricity supply to its citizens, nearly 20 years after the end of the civil war, which has led to heavy debts and will incur a major disaster in the near future.
A youth switches on a private generator power after general electricity was cut in Jayeh area, south of Beirut September 22, 2011. Lebanon's parliament passed a $1.2 billion bill on Thursday aimed at boosting electricity output after weeks of political discord over how to allocate the funds transparently.
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It's hard to believe that after nearly a quarter-century since the official end of the civil war in Lebanon (1975-90), the country is still failing to re-secure a constant power supply to its citizens.

What makes matters worse is that from 1992 to 2014, Lebanon has paid out about $27 billion to the state electricity company Electricite du Liban (EDL) to no avail, according to a study — of which Al-Monitor secured a copy — conducted by an economist for government officials.

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