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Lebanese government resigns amid massive protests

08/11/2020 - 07:55

The Lebanese government will resign in full. The inability of the Cabinet of Ministers to cope with the economic crisis caused discontent among the people, which sharply increased after the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut.

Freimut Bahlo
Freimut Bahlo
Lebanese government will step down, Prime Minister Hassan Diab will announce it in a televised address on August 10, Health Minister Hamad Hassan said, Reuters reports. According to the agency's sources, at a meeting of members of the government, which took place on Monday, many ministers expressed a desire to leave their posts.

The government was formed in January. It faced a serious economic and financial crisis, the local currency fell sharply against the dollar, and unemployment and poverty rose. This resulted in protests.

On August 4, a powerful explosion occurred in the port of Beirut. According to the preliminary version, it was provoked by the fire of ammonium nitrate (ammonium nitrate), which was stored in a warehouse. The explosion killed at least 163 people and injured more than 6,000. Many buildings were destroyed or damaged. The city governor estimated the damage from the explosion at $ 10-15 billion, although at first he spoke of $ 5 billion.

For many Lebanese, the explosion was the last straw due to the crisis, corruption, garbage and a non-functioning government, writes Reuters. Mass protests erupted in Beirut on Saturday: protesters tried to seize ministries' buildings and break into the parliament building, which led to clashes with law enforcement officers. Promotions resumed on Sunday evening. On the eve of the resignation, the ministers of information and the environment announced their resignation, on Monday the Minister of Justice announced his resignation as well.