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Four Lebanese Ministers Quit So Far, Cabinet on Verge of Collapse


Mon 10 Aug 2020 | 03:38 PM
H-Tayea

Four ministers of the Lebanese cabinet have submitted their resignation, in the wake of the deadly explosion that caused a large-range public rage against the country's regime, with protesters and police fighting running battles in the capital for a third day.

The resigned ministers included, Minister of Information, Manal Abdel Samad, Environment Minister, Damianos Kattar, Minister of Justice, Marie Claude Najm and Minister of Finance, Ghazi Wazni.

In addition, nine members of the Parliament, including: Marwan Hamadeh, Paula Yaacoubian, Nadim Gemayel, Samy Gemayel, Elias Hankash, Neemat Ephrem, Michel Moawad, Dima Jamali and Henry Helou have also resigned over the Beirut blast.

The explosion that took place on August 4 in Beirut claimed the lives of more than 200 people and injured thousands, while dozens are still missing.

Lebanese Minister of Information, Manal Abdel Samad, was the first of four Lebanese ministers to resign following the Beirut explosion, saying that her resignation is a response to the people's will of change.

The ministers’ decision to resign was due to large protests that erupted on August 8 in the Lebanese capital, as the demonstrators expressed their frustration with the ongoing economic crisis that has only worsened with time, and with the deadly explosion caused by 2,750 tons of improperly stored ammonium nitrate.

Meanwhile, a fifth minister is expected to resign. The Minister of Sports and Youth, Varty Ohanian, revealed that she is planning to submit her resignation letter to the ministerial council later on Monday, according to the same source.