Beirut Explosion: Lebanon PM Resigns Along With Entire Cabinet

The mass resignations came after last week’s explosion which claimed the lives of 200 people and wounded 6,000.

Jessica David

August 11, 2020

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Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced his cabinet’s resignation on Monday (August 10), responding to outrage over a catastrophic explosion in Beirut. “Today I announce the resignation of this government,” Diab said in a national television address. “May God protect Lebanon.” His resignation came after last Tuesday’s (August 4) deadly warehouse explosion caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut’s port, killing some 200 people and wounding 6,000 others. Lebanon’s Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar have all resigned from their posts.

Lebanese Police fired tear gas to try to disperse rock-throwing protestors blocking a road near Parliament in Beirut on Sunday (August 9) in the second day of anti-government demonstrations triggered by last week’s devastating explosion. Public anger mounted after the blast, focusing on the carelessness that led one of the worst explosions in Lebanon’s history. Intense protests erupted with many calling for top officials to “resign or hang.” PM Diab said, “We are facing an earthquake that struck the country, with all its humanitarian, social, economic and national repercussions.”

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