Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Hassan Diab and his entire government have resigned over the deadly Beirut explosion which killed no fewer than 160 people leaving over 6,000 with various injuries.
Diab, in a brief televised speech, revealed that the explosion which rocked Beirut last week was caused by “endemic corruption” and called for the trial of those responsible for the blast.
“I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon,” he announced, repeating the last phrase three times.
Diab said he was taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.”
The prime minister blamed corrupt politicians who preceded him for the “earthquake” that has hit Lebanon.
“They (political class) should have been ashamed of themselves because their corruption is what has led to this disaster that had been hidden for seven years.
“Today we follow the will of the people in their demand to hold accountable those responsible for the disaster that has been in hiding for seven years, and their desire for real change. In the face of this reality … I am announcing today the resignation of this government.”
Before this announcement, the cabinet has been under increasing pressure from demonstrators demanding political change after the explosion in Beirut.
The devastating explosion rocked Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday, August 4, killing scores and injuring thousands of people. The explosion also destroyed major properties..
Reports previously held that a welder ignited 2,700 tons of explosive chemicals which was said to have been stored in a warehouse without safety measures since 2014.