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21:12  10 august  2020
21:12  10 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Lebanese PM Hassan Diab has officially announced the resignation of his entire government following days of protests sparked by the catastrophic explosion which levelled parts of Beirut last week. Earlier, Health Minister Hamad Hassan confirmed to reporters that the resignation would be imminent.

The “whole government ” of Lebanon will resign shortly amid growing public anger and protests following the devastating explosion in Beirut port He told the press that Prime Minister Hassan Diab would make his way to the presidential palace to “hand over the resignation in the name of all the

Le Premier ministre libanais Hassan Diab, au palais du gouvernement à Beyrouth, le 10 août 2020. © Mohamed Akazir / Reuters Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, at the government building in Beirut, August 10, 2020.

Hassan Diab, the Lebanese Prime Minister, announced Monday 10 August the immediate resignation of his government. It was under pressure after the explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4, which claimed the lives of at least 160 people and left more than 6,000 injured. The accident is the result of "endemic corruption", in the words of the Prime Minister. In his televised address, Hassan Diab said he wanted those responsible for this “crime” to be brought to justice.

Monday August 10, six days after the explosion of some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate which devastated Beirut , Hassan Diab announced the resignation of the Lebanese government. The Prime Minister spoke in a televised address. Since Sunday, several ministers had already resigned. This Monday, by decision of Hassan Diab, the whole government is withdrawing.

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The Prime Minister denounces the “endemic corruption” of the government

The head of the government evoked an “earthquake which struck the country” on August 4 . The explosion, which occurred in the port of the capital, left more than 160 dead and more than 6,000 injured, as well as considerable damage. For Hassan Diab, "the catastrophe which struck the Lebanese in the heart (...) arrived because of the endemic corruption in politics, in the administration and in the State". “I discovered that institutionalized corruption is stronger than the state,” he added.

The Lebanese, already severely affected by a major economic, political and social crisis, have expressed their anger in recent days in the streets of Beirut and called on their political representatives to respond to this catastrophic situation. In his message, Hassan Diab said he was on their side and called for those responsible for this “crime” to be tried. During his speech, clashes were still going on around the Parliament.

Hassan Diab, a former university professor, formed his government in January. He took over after the resignation of Saad Hariri, who himself had been facing a major population uprising for several months. The Lebanese were demonstrating against the corruption of the political class. The same evils got the better of Hassan Diab's government this summer.

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(With AFP)

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© Dalati Nohra / Handout via REUTERS Lebanese President Michel Aoun (r.) Spoke with the number three of American diplomacy David Hale (l.), on August 14, 2020. The Lebanese president refrained from criticizing the agreement on the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, a country with which Lebanon has been technically at war since 1948.

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