Lebanon’s Prime Minister and entire government step down in wake of Beirut blast

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Hassan Diab and his entire government have stepped down, within the wake of last week’s Tuesday August 4 blast which decimated an outsized portion of the capital Beirut killing over 160 people.

Lebanon was already suffering through a foul economic condition, plus rising Coronavirus rates. The Lebanese government has been affected by accusations of corruption and gross mismanagement.

The government has faced major criticism after it absolutely was revealed that the blast was linked to an extended forgotten stash of explosive chemicals stored at a port in Beirut.

The blast sparked days of violent protests as dozens of protesters hurled stones, fireworks and Molotov cocktails at security forces who responded with several rounds of tear gas, resulting in the resignation of three cabinet ministers and 7 members of parliament last week.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab, addressing the state on Monday Night in Beirut announced his resignation which of his government calling the blast a “disaster beyond measure.”

In his speech, Diab berated Lebanon’s ruling political elite for growing “an apparatus of corruption bigger than the state.”
“We have fought valiantly and with dignity,” he said, touching on members of his cabinet.
“Between us and alter is big powerful barrier.”

He compared the explosion to an “earthquake that rocked the country” prompting his government to resign. “We have decided to square with the people,” he said.

Diab, a self-styled reformer, became PM in December, two months after the previous government was brought down.

His government was supported by major political parties, including the Iran-backed political and militant group Hezbollah.

According to the globe Bank, quite 1/2 the country’s population is projected to become poor in 2020 as Lebanon’s currency has lost around 70% of its value since anti-government protests began last October.

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