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Iraq electricity minister resigns over power cuts

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's electricity minister resigned on Monday after protests over power cuts that afflict the country and have stoked tensions following a March election that has yet to produce a new government.

Minister Karim Waheed told Iraqiya state television he was resigning because of the government's failure to provide enough power, seven years after the U.S. invasion. He conceded to a demand of protesters who clashed with police in the southern oil hub of Basra on Saturday and southern city of Nassiriya on Monday.

"I am declaring in front of you with courage my resignation from my position," Waheed said.

(Reporting by Wathiq Ibrahim; Writing by Michael Christie; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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