07/04/2012 12:47 BAGHDAD, April 7 (AKnews) - The Iraqi Council of Representatives' committee commissioned to investigate corruption in the Ministry of Electricity revealed today about its exposure to political pressure to prevent the presentation of its report that includes the names of officials inside and outside the ministry who are involved in corruption.

The committee was supposed to present its report about electricity corruption from 2006 to 2011 after the Council of Representatives resumed its work last week.

Committee chairman Uday Awwad said his committee, despite political pressure, will read the report in the Council of Representatives.

Awwad did not revealing which parties have exercised political pressure.

Awwad told AKnews previously that the completed report accuses senior officials of being responsible for corruption in electricity contracts.

Iraq needs at least 14,000 megawatts to meet its high demand for energy, while it currently has fewer than 7,000 megawatts.

There have been minimal improvements to the electricity sector since 2003 despite $27bn (31.5tr IQD) being allocated to it between 2003 and 2011.

Regular power cuts of up to 16 hours per day and insufficient electricity, especially during Iraq's scorching summer, have led to frequent public protests.

By Haider Ibrahim

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