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Electricity to Be Restored to Parts of Liberian Capital


Liberia's government has announced that electricity will be restored to parts of the capital, Monrovia, by the end of July.

The director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, Harry Yuan, told VOA that his company will turn on the lights July 26. The day marks Liberia's 159th anniversary of independence.

The public utility has not operated since the civil war broke out in the west African country 14 years ago.

Yuan says Britain has supplied two generators to help power the system, and Ghana provided electric poles. He said two sections of the capital, either the Paynesville or Congotown neighborhoods and areas near the John F. Kennedy Hospital, will be the first to receive electricity.

Liberia's new electrical system will be compatible with 220 volt European systems. The country's previous system was compatible with the 110 volt U.S. system.