Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Yahya Barzanji
January 17, 2011

BAGHDAD (AP) — A local governor in Iraq’s oil-rich north cut the electricity going to Baghdad from a power station in his province Monday over a dispute with the central government that he said had left his residents without power in the cold winter months.

Tamim Gov. Abdul-Rahman Mustafa said residents in his province’s capital city of Kirkuk only have three hours of power each day. He said failed negotiations with Iraq’s electricity ministry to share power generated at a plant in Taza, located 25 kilometers south of Kirkuk, gave him little choice but to cut the electricity supply headed to Baghdad.

“We have started to cut the megawatts that is generated by Taza station, and we will provide the Kirkuk people with it,” Mustafa told reporters.

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