Lebanon: Prime Minister to announce government resignation shortly

Beirut | Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab will announce the resignation of the government on Monday evening, weakened by the departure of several of its members after the deadly explosion in the port of Beirut, a minister told AFP.

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Mr. Diab, at the head of the government for nearly seven months, must address the Lebanese at 19:30 (16:30 GMT) to announce his decision, specified for his part a government source.

The government held a meeting Monday afternoon, during which “most ministers were in favor of resigning” from the cabinet, Vartiné Ohanian, Minister of Youth and Sports, told AFP.

Four members of the team have already announced their resignation since Sunday, following the terrible explosion of August 4, due to a huge deposit of ammonium nitrate, which left at least 160 dead and revived popular protest.

Faced with the scale of the tragedy and the anger of the population, the Minister of Finance Ghazi Wazni announced his decision on Monday, just after that of the Minister of Justice Marie-Claude Najm. Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar slammed the door on Sunday.

The resignation of the government should not however satisfy the popular protest movement which demands the departure of the entire political class.

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