Explosion in Beirut : the first resignation of a minister in lebanese - The Point

Five days after the explosion deadly and devastating the port of Beirut, which has traumatized the public opinion and has fueled anger against the negligence of

Explosion in Beirut : the first resignation of a minister in lebanese - The Point

Five days after the explosion deadly and devastating the port of Beirut, which has traumatized the public opinion and has fueled anger against the negligence of the officers, the minister of Information of lebanon, Manal Abdel Samad, announced on Sunday that she was leaving the government. This is the first resignation of its kind after the drama of Tuesday.

to Illustrate the extent of the anger in the country, the maronite patriarch, cardinal Béchara Raï, had even called Sunday for the resignation of the government and early elections. The explosion at the port on Tuesday resulted in at least 158 deaths and more than 6,000 wounded, of which at least 120 are in a critical condition, according to the ministry of Health, and 21 people are still missing.

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" After the huge disaster of Beirut, I present my resignation of the government ", said on Sunday Manal Abdel Samad during a brief televised speech. "I apologize from the Lebanese, we have not been able to meet their expectations. "These last few days already, several members have resigned. On Saturday, thousands of angry demonstrators against the ruling class, accused of corruption, incompetence and negligence after the explosion, stormed a short moment of ministries and marched through the city centre of Beirut to scream revenge. They brandished bow of fortune symbolizing the rage against leaders.

The prospect of early elections

" The resignation of a member of parliament by a minister-there is not enough ", was launched during his sermon Sunday, cardinal Béchara Raï, quoted by his press service. "It is necessary, out of respect for the feelings of the Lebanese and because of its serious responsibility to have the resignation of the whole government, unable to take the country forward, and to organize early elections, rather than having a Parliament that does not exercise his duties ", he added.

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" This is what we can call a crime against humanity ", has launched the maronite patriarch, who has a significant influence, evoking the tragedy of the port, calling for an "international investigation" to ensure that all those responsible for the "massacre" of accountability. He wondered about the reasons for the presence of " a huge amount of explosive material stored for six years in the most dangerous place of the capital ".

in order To attempt to appease the anger of the street, the Prime minister challenged Hassan Diab announced Saturday that he will propose early elections and says he is ready to stay in power " for two months ", the time that the political forces agree upon. Further protests are expected Sunday in Lebanon in the aftermath of a day of action marked by assaults on the ministries launched by protesters angry at the ruling class, accused of negligence after the massive blast in Beirut.

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Updated Date: 09 August 2020, 06:33

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