Government crisis in Lebanon: Premier Diab explains his resignation

After the devastating Explosion in the port of Beirut, the Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, the resignation of his entire government. In a televised speech

Government crisis in Lebanon: Premier Diab explains his resignation

After the devastating Explosion in the port of Beirut, the Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, the resignation of his entire government. In a televised speech Diab made on Monday evening, the widespread corruption in his home country for the massive Detonation to blame. Thus, the head of the government responded after almost a week of public pressure and violent protests. In the center of the capital Beirut, came in the evening to new clashes between security forces and protesters.

Diab said in his speech, the corruption is greater than that of Lebanon. Some of it is just to score political points. "I announce today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon,“ he said, and repeated the last sentence three times. Previously Minister Marie-Claude Najm and Finance Minister Ghazi Wasni had merged with justice, two other members of his government office. Practically no other choice was left to the Prime Minister.

Many Lebanese the government for at least 160 deaths and more than 6000 injured last Tuesday responsible. The army moved on Monday, five more bodies from the wreckage. The Detonation will be triggered by large amounts of the highly explosive chemical ammonium nitrate that had been in storage there for years without any safety precautions. The investigations on the exact cause of the disaster, but still.

On Sunday, had already placed the information Minister, Manal Abdel Samad and environment Minister Damianos Kattar office. Najm had been scolded last week for a visit at the site of the disaster, of applied people, and sprayed with cold water. On the weekend of mourning, a hit - and protest rally in the centre of Beirut in the violence and Chaos in order.

angry demonstrators wanted to barriers to the Parliament to break through security forces use tear gas. For hours there were clashes. A police officer was killed according to official figures, more than 200 people suffered injuries.

In the country on the Mediterranean sea Diab had only in January, after a months-long stalemate, the office of the heads of government adopted. He was followed by Saad Hariri, had resigned after mass protests at the end of October. His government was supported by the Iran, loyal to Hezbollah, which in Lebanon is extremely powerful. Due to a severe economic crisis and the Corona pandemic are slipped in his tenure, large parts of the Lebanese population into poverty.

Updated Date: 10 August 2020, 14:20

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