Beirut blasts: Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab to announce government's resignation

WION Web Team Beirut Aug 10, 2020, 05.58 PM(IST)

Lebanon finance minister Ghazi Wazni resigns amid protests Photograph:( AFP )

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Finance minister Ghazi Wazni became the fourth government minister to resign after Lebanon's justice minister Marie Claude Najem had handed over her resignation Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab will announce his government's resignation after four cabinet minister's resigned amid protests over the Beirut blasts, newswire AFP reported.

A fourth minister in Lebanon PM Diab's cabinet resigned today as protests continued in the aftermath of the Beirut blasts last week.

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Lebanon finance minister Ghazi Wazni became the fourth government minister to resign after Lebanon's justice minister Marie Claude Najem had handed over her resignation to Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

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Information minister Manal Abdel Samad and environment minister Damianos Kattar had earlier resigned on Sunday as protests escalated over the Beirut blasts in which 158 people had died and several thousand were injured.

Marie Claude Najem had earlier visited the blast site as she was met by angry protesters promoting her to resign. French President Macron had visited the site last week before any of the government minister's as people vented their anger and urged the French president to intervene.

Macron has promised aid which would directly reach the people. On Sunday, the French president was able to pledge support of 250 million euros from world leaders even as aid workers on the ground continue to work around the blast site. 

Prime Minister Hassan Diab had earlier suggested early elections but protesters have been in no mood to relent amid economic turmoil and the coronavirus crisis which has hit the nation amid the blasts.