Lebanon’s Prime Minister Announces Resignation Over Beirut Blast

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab as at 4:30 pm Monday, August 10 stepped down from his position as the Lebanese Head Of State. This is coming amid fury within and outside his government over the deadly Beirut port bomb blast. Lebanon's Prime Minister

Also announcing the resignation of his government together with his own resignation. He blamed the Beirut port bomb blast on the incompetence and corruption of a decades-old ruling class.

“Today we are heeding the people and their demands to hold accountable those responsible for a disaster,” he said in a televised address, blaming a “corrupt” political class that has ruled Lebanon for more than 30 years for the August 4 explosion.
“This is why today I announce the resignation of the government.”

According to the Lebanese health ministry, at least 160 people were killed in Lebanon’s worst peacetime disaster, 6,000 were wounded and about 20 remained missing.

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