Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared the dismissal of his entire cabinet in the wake of indignation at the devastating port explosion in Beirut, which killed over 150 civilians.
In a fiery address, Mr. Diab blasted the ruling elite of Lebanon for having “a corruption system greater than the state” and compared the explosion to a “earthquake that rocked the country”
“We have fought valiantly and with dignity,” he said, referring to his cabinet.
“Between us and change is big powerful barrier.
“We have decided to stand with the people.”
The departure falls after three ministers of government and seven parliamentarians have resigned.
At least 160 people were killed in Lebanon’s worst peacetime tragedy, 6000 were wounded and about 20 were missing, according to the country’s health ministry.
Beirut explosion: Lebanon PM to resign within hours – as entire government steps down https://t.co/cVIqVia17J
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) August 10, 2020