A worker manufactures doors and windows of iron inside a workshop in Benghazi, Libya August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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Lengthy power outages have left tradesmen and small businesses in Libya struggling to survive in an economy already crippled by a liquidity crisis and high inflation. For several years, power cuts lasting most of the day have become common across the North African country during the hot summer months, when air conditioning drives up electricity demand.Power supply is overseen by separate administrations in the east and west. The east was receiving about 60 MW from neighboring Egypt last week, a power official said, but still faced a supply shortfall of up to 250 MW. In the capital Tripoli, in the more populous west, power outages have been lasting seven to 10 hours a day, but sometimes stretch to more than 12 hours.
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