Lebanese government resigns amid fallout from Beirut explosion
Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he and his cabinet were stepping down in response to popular demands, saying "the system of corruption is bigger than the state."
A Lebanese protester beats a drum amid clashes with security forces near an access street to the parliament in central Beirut on Aug. 9, 2020, following a deadly explosion that turned the city into a disaster zone. - JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images
Lebanon’s government resigned today following last week’s deadly explosion and subsequent mass protests. The country’s political future is in question as it continues to face an economic crisis and the fallout from the tragic blast.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the resignation in a speech televised by Lebanese news outlets. He said the decision was in response to popular demands.
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