Meanwhile, Justice Minister Marie Claude Najem announced today her resignation due to the disaster and anti-government demonstrations that have plagued the city since the blast on Tuesday. She is the third member of the government to resign in the last two days, after the Minister of Information and the Minister of Environmental Protection yesterday. In addition, some MPs also resigned.
However, this did not calm the anger of the residents and yesterday there were stormy demonstrations for the second day in a row. They are expected to continue today, outside the presidential palace in Abda, demanding the resignation of Christian President Aoun Christian.
Aoun has promised a comprehensive investigation and the punishment of those responsible for the default that allowed the storage of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port for about seven years, but he opposes an international investigation. On Friday he raised a version that there may have been a “foreign intervention” – using a missile or charge – but there is no further basis for this at this stage.