Lebanon: PM announces resignation of the government

After the devastating explosion in Beirut, the Lebanese government gives in to the pressure of the streets. Prime Minister Diab has resigned today on behalf of all ministers.

After the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut on 4 August and violence during mass protests against the political elite, the Lebanese government has resigned.

In a statement in the name of the government, Prime Minister Hassan Diab has announced the resignation of the government as a block.

Many Lebanese people blame the government for the explosion catastrophe in Beirut, which left at least 158 dead and more than 6000 injured and accuse it of corruption and mismanagement.

The heavy explosion in Beirut last week destroyed large parts of the city, in particular the port area was almost completely destroyed. 300,000 people are homeless and 21 others are still missing.

The explosion is guessed to have been triggered by some 2,750 tonnes of the chemical ammonium nitrate, which is said to have been improperly stored in the port for years. Investigations into the exact cause of the disaster are still ongoing.