Lebanese Government resigns after deadly Beirut blast
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday declared the resignation of his government, after deadly explosions in capital Beirut that have brought about anti-government protests.
Diab said the government has resigned to stand by Lebanese who are demanding an actual change.
Two gigantic explosions rocked Beirut rocked last week that have claimed at least 158 lives and injured 6,000 others.
Thousands took to streets in downtown Beirut to demand the revamp of the political system.
The Lebanese people accused the ruling political class of negligence and recklessness by
storing an enormous volume of ammonium nitrate at Port of Beirut which may have caused the enormous explosions.
Diab said he refuses to be held accountable for the corrupt practices adopted by previous governments.
“Weeks after the formation of our government, some political parties tried
to hold us accountable for corruption, public debt, and economic collapse,” Diab said,
adding that every minister in this cabinet has exerted significant efforts in contributing to the roadmap to save the country.
“We are keen on this country, its future, and the future of our children. And, we do not have personal interests.
We want the good for this country, but we refuse for people to drag us to useless arguments.
Unfortunately, we could not stop some political parties from motivating people against us,” he said.
The prime minister accused political parties of being too corrupted to make changes and reforms in the country.
“I have discovered that corruption is bigger than the government,” Diab said,
adding that corruption exists in every department of the government.
Investigations into the explosions are still ongoing.
They arrested three senior officials at Port of Beirut and 16 port employees on Friday over investigations into the disaster.
Furthermore, Lebanese people vowed to stay in the streets until the parliament resigns and they hold early parliamentary elections.
They appointed Diab in December 2019 after nationwide protests
led to the resignation of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s government.
During Diab’s term, the country witnessed a shortage in the U.S. dollar, weakening of the Lebanese pound, soaring inflation rate, and the outbreak of COVID-19.
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