Circuit breakers. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian said Wednesday that he was prepared to resign if it would help bring an end to the severe blackouts across the country, as Electricite du Liban promised that power rationing would ease starting Friday.The power plants only produce around 1,500 megawatts of the 3,000 megawatts required to meet the population's needs.Nazarian explained that there have been delays in the implementation of a $1.2 billion plan to produce over 700 megawatts of electricity, which was approved by Parliament in 2011 . Nazarian said that despite the delays, a new power plant at Jiyyeh producing 80 megawatts will be inaugurated before the end of the year. Qabbani said that Nazarian, under Bassil's orders, was not properly implementing the Parliament's plan, which also called for appointing members to an Electricity Regulatory Authority.Qabbani added that it was Nazarian's duty to ask Cabinet to appoint members of the Electricity Regulatory Authority.Nazarian responded by contending that some of Bassil's advisors had already left the ministry, and others were still working there because they had projects to finish.
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