Lebanese Prime Minister Announces Resignation Amid Ongoing Crisis From Beirut Explosion

Beirut port blast crater 43 metres deep security official

Lebanon: Government minister resigns in wake of Beirut blast

Lebanon's government was teetering Monday as two ministers' resignations over the deadly Beirut port explosion threatened to snowball and protesters' fury on the scarred streets showed no sign of abating.

"We want to open the door to national rescue, a rescue that the Lebanese will participate in achieving", Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a televised speech.

"I declare today the resignation of this government". Now the process must start again, with Diab's government in a caretaker role as the same factions debate a new one.

But any new government, she said, will be dogged by the same problems laid bare by the explosion: entrenched corruption, nepotism and patronage networks tied to political parties. He called for those responsible to be brought to justice.

After addressing the nation, Diab went to the presidential palace where President Michel Aoun accepted the government's resignation.

The cabinet, formed in January with the backing of the powerful Hezbollah group and its allies, met earlier on Monday (local time), with many ministers wanting to resign, according to ministerial and political sources.

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The blast came as a last straw to the struggling people of Lebanon amid a financial crisis, political discord and turmoil, and a rising number of coronavirus cases.

Lebanon's government chose to resign as an outraged public demanded accountability for the biggest peacetime catastrophe in the nation's history. The Lebanese Red Cross said it had taken two demonstrators to the hospital and treated 23 at the scene.

"Current and future generations of Lebanese must not be saddled with more debts than they can ever repay", she said during the pledging conference.

More than 20 people have been detained in the investigation.

"Muslim community of Windsor expresses full solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Lebanon and offer honest condolences and sympathy with the families of the victims", a news release from the WIA states.

World leaders pledged nearly $300 million to support the Lebanese people during a virtual donors' conference on Sunday co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations.

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Destroyed buildings are visible a day after a massive explosion occurred at the port in Beirut, Lebanon.

"The second - recovery and reconstruction - will cost billions of dollars and require a mix of public and private finance", he said.

The Beirut disaster compounded what has become Lebanon's annus horribilis, deepening a dire economic crisis which had dragged half of the country into poverty in recent months.

United Nations agencies are also on the ground assisting the population with food assistance, emergency shelter materials and search and rescue teams.

While insurance penetration in Lebanon is low, commercial and industrial properties near the port were likely covered by global insurers, Guy Carpenter said.

"Working with the Lebanese army, we believe that we can clear part of that site", Beasley said.

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Business owners like bar owner Marsha Schmid, however, are trying to prevent her establishment from becoming a virus hotspot. Several locals said they would spend the rally hunkered down at home.


The obliteration of the port and its huge grain silos in a country hugely reliant on imports has sparked fears of food shortages in the coming weeks.

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