Lebanon’s government has resigned amid mounting anger over the explosion on Tuesday that devastated parts of Beirut and left more than 200 people dead.
The announcement was made in a national TV address by Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday evening.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab addressed the nation, announcing his resignation and that of his government in the wake of the blast, which he called a “disaster beyond measure.”
Many people have accused the country’s leaders of culpability through their alleged negligence and corruption.
Protesters have taken to the streets and clashed with police for a third straight day.
according to Zvi Bar’el the Beirut port was a corrupt institution in its own right; it financed mobsters and politicians, and the government saw only some 40 percent of its income, despite being its owner. It was the final straw that put an end to the government, and one of the purest symbols of the country’s corrupt system
The massive blast was caused by the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely at the port for years.
President Michel Aoun has asked the government to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed.