Lebanon’s Prime Minister & His Entire Cabinet After The Deadly Explosion

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Lebanon’s Prime Minister & His Entire Cabinet After The Deadly Explosion

On 10 August, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced his cabinet’s resignation in a national address. “I declare today the resignation of this government,”- he said at a press conference in the presidential palace. Several other members of the 20-person cabinet also announced their resignations. Around nine members of the parliament have also resigned. Lebanon will now have to form a new cabinet, just months after the new one was formed earlier this year.

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Reports reveal that the reason for the resignation was the tragic explosion in Beirut’s port, that preceded him in office. In addition, Lebanese Prime Minister Declared National Day Of Mourning on 5 August. “They (the political class) should have been ashamed of themselves because their corruption is what has led to this disaster that had been hidden for seven years,” Diab said. The mass resignations comes right after the explosion claimed the lives of at least 160 people and injured another 6,000. As the announcement was made, anti-government protesters held a rally in Beirut, angered by the horrific blast.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s prime minister and president were earlier warned about the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in the port and how it would destroy the city if it exploded. Barely two weeks later, the chemicals wiped out most of the port, killing at least 163 people.

“We carried the demand of the Lebanese for change. We fought fiercely and with honour, [but] we arrived here today, to this earthquake that hit the country and we today revert to the people… to their will for real change,” Diab told the nation.

What Next?

Mr Diab is likely to remain a caretaker, upon request by Mr Aoun. However, the ministers will rarely meet and only take key decisions to maintain the work of government. World leaders have pitched in  $300 million to help Lebanon recover from the horrific blast. However, not much of the funds  are released as of now as the government is yet to address protesters and lay out political and economic plans. Besides, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and Giza Pyramids Illuminated In Solidarity With Lebanon. 


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