Lebanon's entire government, including prime minister, resigns over Beirut explosion

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 10th, 2020 3:39 pm
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Last Updated Aug 11th, 2020 at 5:53 pm

Lebanon's health minister Hamad Hassan confirmed Monday that the country's entire government has resigned amid allegations of corruption and negligence in connection with last week's devastating explosion at Beirut's port.

In the wake of the massive blast that claimed at least 220 lives, injured 6,000 others, and left a minimum of 300,000 homeless, information emerged that several officials — including Lebanese president Michael Aoun — were aware of the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut which caused the catastrophe.

The cargo was confiscated in 2014 from a Moldovan-flagged ship owned by a Russian businessman en route from the Republic of Georgia to Mozambique.

Lebanese authorities impounded the massive load of ammonium nitrate and stored it in a dockside warehouse for six years.

Just hours after his entire Cabinet stepped down, Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned from his post in order to stand with the people "and fight the battle for change alongside them."

"I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon," Diab said, repeating the last phrase multiple times.

During his farewell speech, Diab blamed corrupt politicians who came before him for the "earthquake" that has devastated his country.

"They should have been ashamed of themselves because their corruption is what has led to this disaster that had been hidden for seven years," Diab said.


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