Turkish Electricity Director Resigns After Nationwide Blackout

The head of the Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEİAŞ) has resigned following the massive electricity blackout which affected nearly the entire country, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said on Monday.

Speaking a press conference, Yıldız said five main distribution lines became disabled during work on the lines.

“We also evaluate that there was an operational error in addition to a technical breakdown” Yıldız said.

A massive power outage affected more than 76 million people in 80 out of 81 Turkish provinces for up to nine hours on March 31.

Some of the responsible personnel have been suspended from their post, while TEİAŞ head Kemal Yıldır has stepped down, Yıldız said.

The investigation to detect the exact cause of the breakdown has been completed and all technical details will be shared soon, the minister added.

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