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Iraq Pulls the Plug on Electricity Minister

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- One of the perpetual problems in Iraq for years has been frequent power outages.  Now, on top of that, Iraqis have just shed light on the fact that the guy running the electricity ministry was into some shady practices.

According to an investigation, Electricity Minister Raad Shalal made $1.7 billion dollars in deals with Canadian and German companies, neither of which was qualified to manufacture electricity.  In fact, one German news source alleges that the companies most likely didn't exist.

As a result, Shalal was sacked by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  The investigation will now turn to whether Shalal and others may have tried to profit from the venture.

Electricity cuts during the summer are a way of life in Iraq, forcing many residents there to use private generators for power.

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