Lebanon’s PM, cabinet resign as anger mounts over Beirut blast

10:10 PM | 10 Aug, 2020
Lebanon’s PM, cabinet resign as anger mounts over Beirut blast

BEIRUT – Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday formally announced resignation of his government as public outrage continues to intensify against ruling elite over deadly explosion in Beirut.

In his address to nation, the outgoing premier said that they back public for holding the perpetrators of the explosion. He added that blast was result of corruption.

The prime minister has already announced to hold early elections.

The resignation follows weekend-long protests that erupted against the government after August 4 blasts in the port city where more than 160 people were killed and 6,000 injured.

The explosion is believed to have been occurred due to a fire that ignited a 2,750-ton stockpile of highly volatile ammonium nitrate at a warehouse located at the port of Beirut.

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The material had been stored at the port since 2013 with a few safeguards despite numerous warnings of the danger.

On Sunday, Lebanese Environment and Administrative Development Minister Damianos Kattar resigned in the wake of powerful deadly blast.

Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad had also announced her resigning from office before Kattar.

One day before the blast, Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti had resigned, blaming the government's poor effort to pull the country out of its economic woes.