When head of Libya’s Presidency Council (PC)Fayez al-Serraj arrived in Tripoli in March 2016, one of his promises was to fix the power outages that have plagued the country in recent years. But, 18 months on, the promise remains unfulfilled. If anything, the problems are getting worse.

In late June and early July, Libya suffered blackouts across the country. Daily power cuts of 10-12 hours are common, while parts of the south have been cut off for up to a week at a time. State power company General Electric Company of Libya (Gecol), warned early this year that diesel shortages could result in a “total blackout” (MEES, 13 January). (CONTINUED - 1683 WORDS)