Breaking: Whole of Lebanon government quits after blast blame including Prime Minister

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab has resigned his post after the explosion which rocked the Lebanese capital last week.

Minister Hamad Hassan told reporters at the end of a cabinet meeting this Monday afternoon: “The whole government resigned.”

Hassan also added that Prime Minister Hassan Diab will head to the presidential palace to “hand over the resignation in the name of all the ministers.”

The resignations come after a huge explosion the capital Beirut’s port last week that killed over 160 people and maimed and injured over 6000.

Powerful chemicals had been left dormant in the port for over 6 years since 2014 with people attributing blame to the Lebanese government.

Those who have quit include Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni, Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm, Information Minister Manal Abdel-Samad and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar, who resigned on Sunday.

At least nine members of parliament have also stepped down.

The PM is expected to give a speech at 7.30pm this evening local time.

 


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