Government of Lebanon Resigns
Istanbul / Beirut – Last Tuesday, August 4th, a huge explosion occurred in the port of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. At least 160 people lost their lives and more than 6,000 were injured. The country is in a serious economic crisis, and corruption plays a major role. Together with the corona pandemic , this is one reason why many Lebanese have slipped into poverty. A large part of the population blames the government for the explosion and has been taking to the streets ever since, although it is not always peaceful.
Government of Lebanon resigns – the anger of the citizens does not end.
The government had previously lost another member after last week’s explosion. Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm announced her resignation on Monday. Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad and Environment Minister Kattar Demianos had previously given up their posts. At least nine MPs have also resigned. Diab proposed early elections over the weekend.
The explosion on August 4 killed around 160 people and injured almost 6,000 in the port of Beirut. Large parts of the Lebanese capital have been devastated. Almost 300,000 people were made homeless. The cause of the disaster is believed to be a fire that detonated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate. The cargo with the highly flammable chemical had been stored in a hall at the port for years.
Then there were new protests against the government and the ruling elite. Residents blame corruption and government negligence for the disaster. During large demonstrations at the weekend, there were clashes with emergency services. They fired tear gas at protesters. Protests in front of the government headquarters were planned parallel to the cabinet meeting on Monday.
The chiefs of the Lebanese security authorities were questioned by the judge from Monday. The head of state security, Tony Saliba, reported the official NNA news agency. His authority had drawn up a report on the dangers that the ammonium nitrate was stored in the port. She sent a copy of it to the offices of President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Diab on July 20. The investigation is about why nothing was done about storage.
Around 20 people have been arrested for the explosion. According to government sources, two former cabinet members were interviewed.
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Last Tuesday, August 4th, a huge explosion occurred in the port of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. At least 160 people lost their lives and more than 6,000 were injured.