People’s Assembly questions Electricity Minister on ministry’s performance

Damascus, SANA – The People’s Assembly session on Monday saw Electricity Minister Imad Khamis answering questions from the inquiry request submitted by Assembly member Mujeeb al-Dandan.

Chairing the session, Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham said that the questioning of the Interior Trade and Consumer Protection Minister at the previous session wasn’t the first and won’t be the last, stressing that no minister is exempt from questioning, adding that if the questioning doesn’t lead to improving a ministry’s performance, the Assembly can resort to other constitutional steps that may even reach the point of a vote of no confidence.

Summing up the inquiry request, al-Dandan wondered what the Electricity Ministry has done to deal with issues spawned by the crisis in Syria, touching on issues such as power rationing and outages, fees and prices, signed contracts, and the general state of the power grid.

Responding to the Assembly members’ queries, Electricity Minister Imad Khamis reviewed the reality of the power sector in Syria during the current crisis and the terrorist attacks which have targeted the power stations, fuel tankers, high voltage power lines and infrastructure.

He gave a review of the measures taken by the ministry to provide electricity to all Syrian areas continuously.

The minister pointed out that the direct damage done to the power sector since the beginning of the crisis till the end of 2015 was estimated at more than SYP 1500 billion according to the current prices of electrical equipment.

Hazem Sabbagh/Manar al-Frieh/Manal

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