Guinea-Bissau capital in darkness after power cut

GUINEA-BISSAU: An unpaid electricity bill has plunged Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, into darkness.

The Turkish utility company, Karpowership, pulled the plug saying the West African government owes it $17m (£14m).

The Economy Minister Suleimane Seidi promised to pay most of the bill within a fortnight.

Karpowership – one of the world’s largest floating power plant operators – has a five-year contract to supply virtually all of Guinea-Bissau’s electricity needs.

Last month, the Turkish firm cut off power to Sierra Leone’s capital over a large unpaid debt.

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