Lebanese PM and the country’s entire government resign over Beirut explosion that killed 160 people
In a brief televised speech, PM Diab said that the explosion that rocked Beirut last week was caused by “endemic corruption” and called for the trying those responsible for the deadly blast.
He said: “I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon,” repeating the last phrase three times.
According to Diab, he was taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.”
The prime minister blamed corrupt politicians who preceded him for the “earthquake” that has hit Lebanon.
“They (political class) should have been ashamed of themselves because their corruption is what has led to this disaster that had been hidden for seven years,” he added.
“Today we follow the will of the people in their demand to hold accountable those responsible for the disaster that has been in hiding for seven years, and their desire for real change,” he said. “In the face of this reality … I am announcing today the resignation of this government.”
The cabinet has been under increasing pressure with demonstrators demanding political change after the explosion in Beirut.
The massive explosion rocked Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, August 4, killing dozens and injuring thousands of people. The explosion also destroyed so many buildings and vehicles.
It was previously reported that a welder ignited 2,700 tons of explosive chemicals which was stored in a warehouse without safety measures since 2014.