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Cyprus' electricity workers enact brief, local power outages to protest privatization plans

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    An angry electricity authority worker clashes with riot police outside of the entrance of Parliament during a strike to protest government plans to privatize the state-run organization in Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Protesting workers from the Electricity Authority of Cyprus gathered outside parliament as lawmakers prepared to discuss a bill on privatizing the EAC as well as the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority and the Cyprus Ports authority. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)The Associated Press

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    Angry electricity authority workers shout amidst riot police outside the entrance to Parliament during a strike to protest government plans to privatize the state-run organization in Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Protesting workers from the Electricity Authority of Cyprus gathered outside parliament as lawmakers prepared to discuss a bill on privatizing the EAC as well as the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority and the Cyprus Ports authority. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)The Associated Press

Workers at Cyprus' main electricity company have briefly shut the power supply to several areas in the bailed-out country to protest government plans to privatize the state-owned utility.

Demetris Constantinou, union chief at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, said outages lasted between 30 to 45 minutes Tuesday morning. He said union leaders will meet later in the day to decide whether to step up industrial action.

The outages are part of a three-day protest against legislation aimed at privatizing the EAC, as well as the country's telecommunications and ports authorities. The government has pledged to international lenders to approve the legislation by March 5.

Under Cyprus' 10 billion-euro ($13.7 billion) international bailout agreement reached last year, the government must raise some 1.4 billion euros ($1.92 billion) from such privatizations.