Power cuts hit parts of Greece

Athens - Parts of Greece were hit by power cuts on Thursday evening after electricity workers began one of a series of 48-hour strikes against government plans to sell off part of the country's biggest power producer.

Some Athens districts, remote villages in the island of Crete and areas in the north and south had power cuts for up to an hour during peak evening demand times after 13 power stations were taken off line, an official at power distribution agency Deddie said.

The grid operator earlier declared a state of emergency, citing a significant reduction of power output.

Liberalising the energy sector is a key condition under Greece's €240bn bailout by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund and parliament is debating a bill that would allow the government to privatise the Public Power Corporation in 2015 by spinning off 30%.



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