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Iraq minister quits after protester killed

Iraqi Agriculture Minister Ezzedine al-Dawleh resigned on Friday after a protester was killed in the north of the country, becoming the second minister from the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc to quit this month. "I stand in front of my people... in Nineveh and I announce that I resign from this government, because there is no way I can continue in a government that does not respond to the people's demands," Dawleh, who was born in Nineveh province, told a televised news conference.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Iraqi minister resigns over protester death: deputy PM

Iraq's Agriculture Minister Ezzedine al-Dawleh resigned on Friday over the killing of a protester by security forces, an Iraqi deputy premier told AFP. "The minister of agriculture resigned today," Saleh al-Mutlak, member of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc said. Dawleh, also a member of Iraqiya, was the second such minister from the bloc to have resigned this month, Mutlak said. mah/wd/jds

Iraq finance minister announces resignation at demo

Iraqi Finance Minister Rafa al-Essawi announced his resignation on Friday at an anti-government protest, ramping up a conflict between his secular Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc and the Shiite premier. State television quoted Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office as saying the resignation of Essawi, a leading Sunni and Iraqiya member, would not be accepted until an investigation into "his financial and administrative violations" was complete.
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