Lebanon’s Government Resigns

The government of Lebanon has resigned. The Lebanon’s Government resigned on Monday night in less than a week after a massive explosion killed more than 160 persons in the capital Beirut. This comes amidst series of protests that spread across the nation following the Beirut Explosion.

In a statement by the Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, during his Government’s resignation speech, he called the ruling class “an apparatus of corruption bigger than the state”. “We have fought valiantly and with dignity,” he said, referring to members of his cabinet. “Between us and change is big powerful barrier.”

The Prime Minister addressed the nation on Monday night and where he described the explosion as a “disaster beyond measure”

Massive protests followed the explosion across the nation with so many youths expressing frustrations over the state of the economy. The government and the authorities fought the protesters but decided to go the direction of the people and step aside.

Diab compared Tuesday’s explosion to an “earthquake that rocked the country” prompting his government to resign. “We have decided to stand with the people,” he said. The explosion was linked to a long-neglected stash of potentially explosive chemicals, which was the last straw for many Beirut residents to join forces in protests.

Violent protests erupted across the nation which has lasted several days. Lebanon is not faced with finding a Government for the third time within a year. Hassan Diab, a reformer and his cabinet entered the government in December. That was two months after popular uprising forced out the previous government.

 

Lebanon was already suffering through its worst economic crisis in decades, coupled with rising coronavirus rates, and the government has been plagued by accusations of corruption and gross mismanagement.

Lebanon’s currency has lost around 70% of its value since anti-government protests began last October. Poverty has soared, with the World Bank projecting that more than half of the country’s population would become poor in 2020.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a “credible and transparent” investigation into the explosion.

French President Emmanuel Macron hosted an international donors’ conference on Sunday. US President Donald Trump and 15 other heads of state were present, pledging approximately $300 million in aid to Lebanon.

 

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