Lebanon’s government resigns to Beirut’s devastating explosion

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Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced this in a television speech on Monday evening, AP news agency reports. He said, among other things, that the disaster was the result of corruption.

Earlier in the day, Health Minister Hamad Hassan hinted that the end of the government was imminent. Some ministers from Diab’s cabinet had also already left.

Great pressure

The government had been under great pressure for days. Tens of thousands of citizens took to the streets to protest against government policies and cronyism in the country.

They hold their leaders responsible for the disaster because they would have known that the more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate that led to the explosion had been stored in the harbor for years. Riots broke out at a protest in Beirut.

Security service questioned

A local court has today started questioning the top of the Lebanese security service about what happened last week’s explosion.

Initially, sixteen port employees were arrested in the investigation into the cause and possible persons responsible for the disaster. It cost the lives of at least 200 people and has destroyed a large part of the city.

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