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Lebanon Government Resignation Over Beirut Blast: read more

I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon,” Diab announced. Diab blamed his predecessors for last week’s deadly blast in the capital Beirut.

Abhishek Lohia
  • Aug 11 2020 12:28AM

In a brief televised speech, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Monday that he was taking “a step back” so that he can stand with the Lebanese people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.” “I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon,” Diab announced. Diab blamed his predecessors for last week’s deadly blast in the capital Beirut. “They (political class) should have been ashamed of themselves because their corruption is what has led to this disaster that had been hidden for seven years,” he added.

Earlier on Monday, Health Minister Hamad Hassan told reporters that Diab was heading to the presidential palace to “hand over the resignation in the name of all the ministers. “The whole government resigned,” Hassan said.

The Lebanese government on Monday held a cabinet meeting amid mounting pressure to step down over the devastating explosion that killed more than 150 people in Beirut earlier this week.

Ministers step down amid growing public anger

Protesters and critics of the government have blamed corruption and poor leadership at the heart of Lebanon’s government for the explosion. At least nine members of parliament have resigned since the blasts with many more ministers wanting to resign, Reuters reported citing  ministerial and political sources. The cabinet was formed in January with the support of the Iran-backed Hezbollah group and its allies.

Snap elections 

Hours after the first protests rocked Beirut over the weekend, Prime Minister Diab vowed to hold early parliamentary elections as his embattled government faces calls to resign. Diab said he would stay in government for another two months until major parties can reach an agreement. About 20 people have been detained over the explosion, including the head of Lebanon’s customs department and his predecessor, and the chief of the port. Dozens more have been questioned, including two former Cabinet ministers, according to government officials.

Investigations into the blasts is focusing on how 2,750 tonnes of the extremely explosive ammonium nitrate chemical came to be stored at a warehouse in Beirut’s port for six years.

A demonstrator throws a rock during a protest following Tuesday’s blast, in Beirut, Lebanon.
Photo: Reuters

Protests grip Beirut

Protesters clashed with riot police in Beirut and tried to break into a cordoned-off area at the parliament square on Sunday amid widespread anger over the massive explosion that killed at least 158 people earlier this week.

 

A fire broke out at the entrance to the square near the parliament building, according to footage shown by Lebanese television. Police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

(With Inputs of DW)

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