Entire Lebanese Government Resigns Over Deadly Beirut Blast
Lebanese President Michel Aoun yesterday accepted the resignation of the entire government and designated outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab as caretaker premier. The move came amid public outrage over last week's devastating explosion in the capital Beirut.
Director-General of the Presidency Antoine Choucair confirmed the development in a press conference in which that Aoun thanked Diab and the ministers and "asked them to continue conducting their duty until the new government is formed."
Yesterday Health Minister Hamad Hassan had earlier shared with reporters that all Lebanese Cabinet members submitted resignations to the prime minister to convey them to the president
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Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm and Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni have subsequently stepped down while Information Minister Manal Abdel-Samad and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar quit on Sunday. This follows Prime Minister Hassan Diab's live resignation on TV.
Six lawmakers have also resigned from the 128-member parliament in protest over the devastating explosion that killed at least 163 people and injured 6,000 others. Approximately 300,000 people have been left homeless. Communications Minister Talal Hawat, and Ghada Chreim – the minister of the displaced – said in the meeting that the government's resignation has become “inevitable."
Protesters have since taken to the streets with violent anti-government demonstrations for the past two days, storming official buildings and clashing with police.