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March 1 (Reuters) - Iraq's Sunni finance minister told crowds of Sunni Muslim protesters he was resigning on Friday from the Shi'ite-led government after more than two months of protests to demand an end to the marginalisation of their minority sect.
"I came today in order to announce my resignation from this government in front of you," Rafaie Al-Esawi told a crowd of protesters from a stage in Iraq's western province of Anbar on the border with Syria.
The country's precarious sectarian balance has come under growing strain as Iraq Sunnis vent frustrations that have built up since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 overthrew Saddam Hussein and empowered majority Shi'ites through the ballot box. (Additional reporting By Raheem Salman; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Jon Boyle)