Iraq’s Electricity Minister Luay al-Khatteeb tells MEES* of the extensive challenges – both technical and political – that Iraq’s new government faces as it desperately tries to reform the country’s war-stricken power sector.

Q: Fixing the power sector is no doubt central to Iraq’s long-term stability. You’ve now had a few months with the electricity portfolio, how would you describe the state of the sector?

A: First of all, welcome to our...