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Lebanon: 'Bring down the entire corrupt system' - Beirutis react to PM Diab's resignation 01:26

Lebanon: 'Bring down the entire corrupt system' - Beirutis react to PM Diab's resignation

Lebanon, Beirut
August 10, 2020 at 19:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

Beirutis reacted to reports of the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday, following outrage over the deadly explosions which rocked the city’s port area on Tuesday, killing at least 200 people and injuring thousands.

"The resignation of the government is not enough. We want to bring down the entire corrupt system, from the top of the pyramid to the end and until the parliament is completely dissolved," one Beirut resident said. "Even the President of the Republic, we do not want him."

"They were too late, and this does not forgive their sin," another Beirut resident said referring to the country's political elite. "The temple is now collapsing on their heads and it will not end here. It is the beginning of the road and we will not be silent."

Diab, Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad, and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar have all announced their resignation following protests over the weekend. If a total of seven ministers resign, the cabinet would become a caretaker government, until a new government is formed.

The blasts, which took the lives of at least 200 people and injured more than 5,000, according to officials, are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Diab.

Lebanon: 'Bring down the entire corrupt system' - Beirutis react to PM Diab's resignation 01:26
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Beirutis reacted to reports of the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday, following outrage over the deadly explosions which rocked the city’s port area on Tuesday, killing at least 200 people and injuring thousands.

"The resignation of the government is not enough. We want to bring down the entire corrupt system, from the top of the pyramid to the end and until the parliament is completely dissolved," one Beirut resident said. "Even the President of the Republic, we do not want him."

"They were too late, and this does not forgive their sin," another Beirut resident said referring to the country's political elite. "The temple is now collapsing on their heads and it will not end here. It is the beginning of the road and we will not be silent."

Diab, Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad, and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar have all announced their resignation following protests over the weekend. If a total of seven ministers resign, the cabinet would become a caretaker government, until a new government is formed.

The blasts, which took the lives of at least 200 people and injured more than 5,000, according to officials, are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Diab.

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