Beirut Explosion: Government of Lebanon to Resign

Rabat – Prime Minister Hassan Diab is set to announce Lebanon’s government will resign in the wake of the August 4 Beirut explosion. Lebanon expects Diab will make an announcement at 19:30 local time (16:30 GMT). The prime minister will announce the resignation of the entire cabinet, Health Minister Hamad Hasan told Reuters. The cabinet […] The post Beirut Explosion: Government of Lebanon to Resign appeared first on Morocco World News.

Beirut Explosion: Government of Lebanon to Resign
Rabat – Prime Minister Hassan Diab is set to announce Lebanon’s government will resign in the wake of the August 4 Beirut explosion. Lebanon expects Diab will make an announcement at 19:30 local time (16:30 GMT). The prime minister will announce the resignation of the entire cabinet, Health Minister Hamad Hasan told Reuters. The cabinet convened earlier today and several ministers expressed a desire to resign, according to ministerial and political sources cited by Reuters. The Beirut explosion reinvigorated the Lebanese people’s calls for change. Protestors have again taken to the streets, firmly demanding change after months of mounting unrest due to corruption, poor governance, and economic crisis.  The blast killed at least 163 people, with thousands injured and search operations reportedly continuing.  Many blame government dysfunction and negligence for the disaster. Over 2,000 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate were stored for years without proper supervision at the Beirut port. Several ministers have already stepped down following the twin explosions.  The ministers of information and environment were among those in Lebanon’s government to resign on Sunday. Minister of Justice Marie-Claude Najm resigned today, according to Lebanon’s state news agency. Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni was also preparing his resignation, according to sources cited by Reuters. Diab had announced on Saturday his intention to urge early elections.  Protests have since continued, with protestors storming ministries over the weekend and violent clashes between demonstrators and security services.  Many Lebanese are calling for broad systemic change, rather than a rotation of figures they see as inept leaders. Lebanon’s current cabinet assumed their positions in January with the country already embroiled in crisis.  The country’s troubles came to a head with the explosion. The blast displaced at least 300,000 people, and Beirut residents are living in homes with shattered doors and windows.  The city’s infrastructure also took a hard hit, with two main water and electricity stations sustaining significant damage.  Although 163 deaths have been reported, Beirut governor Marwan Abboud said the death toll has reached 220, with 110 still missing, according to al-Marsad. Lebanon’s cabinet declared a two-week state of emergency on August 5. The post Beirut Explosion: Government of Lebanon to Resign appeared first on Morocco World News.