Days after fatal explosion killed 160 people in Beirut, Lebanon’s entire government resign
The entire government of Lebanon including its prime minister, Hassan Diab have resigned from office.
This is coming days after a devastating explosion hits Beirut, capital of Lebanon and reportedly killed at least 160 people and left more than 6,000 injured ones.
While addressing the country in a brief televised speech, the prime minister, Diab disclosed that the explosion that rocked Beirut last week was caused by “endemic corruption” and called for the trying those responsible for the deadly blast.
Diab said: “I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon,” repeating the last phrase three times.
According to the prime minister, he was taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.”
The prime minister blamed corrupt politicians who preceded him for the “earthquake” that has hit Lebanon.
“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,” Diab added.
“Today we follow the will of the people in their demand to hold accountable those responsible for the disaster that has been in hiding for seven years, and their desire for real change,” he stressed.
“In the face of this reality … I am announcing today the resignation of this government.”
Days after the explosion in Beirut, the cabinet has been under increasing pressure with demonstrators demanding political change.
Recall that the massive explosion rocked Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, August 4, killing dozens and injuring thousands of people. Many buildings and vehicles were destroyed by the explosion.
It was also reported that a welder ignited 2,700 tons of explosive chemicals which was stored in a warehouse without safety measures since 2014.