- “We are with the people in calling for trying those responsible for this crime” Diab reiterated.
- Prior to the Lebanese Prime Minister's resignation today, several ministers and members of parliament had already resigned.
- In the wake of the accident, several countries have promised to send money to Lebanon to help them rebuild.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced that he, as well as the entire government, has resigned. The Prime Minister made the announcement in a speech in a brief, televised speech broadcast live to the nation. Diab said in the speech that they, like the people, want to find those responsible for the Beirut Blast.
“We are with the people in calling for trying those responsible for this crime” he reiterated. In recent days, there have been large demonstrations in Beirut and the rest of the country, with thousands expressing their anger and dissatisfaction with the government, which they believe is responsible for the violent explosion that hit the nation last week.
The explosion, which took place near the port of Beirut, is suspected to have happened when a stockpile of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate– a substance that can be used for both fertilizer and bombs– was ignited and then exploded in the air.
The many tons of explosive material are said to have been lying idle in the harbor since 2013. Several sources have said that their warnings that it was not stored safely were ignored by the authorities for many years.
Since then, many Lebanese have been protesting against the government and, among other things, set up gallows in the city’s squares. They also asked French President Emmanuel Macron to help them in their endeavors to change the current crop of political leadership in the country.
On his part, President Macron, during his visit to the country, promised to mobilize and send more medical and other forms of aid to Lebanon and to visit the country once again around Sept. 1.
“I will talk to all political forces to ask them for a new pact. I am here today to propose a new political pact to them,” said President Macron during his visit to the ill-fated country. “If they don’t, I will take my responsibilities,” he added.
A section of the Lebanese chanted “Revolution,” and “the people want the fall of the regime.” Prior to the Lebanese Prime Minister’s resignation today, several ministers and members of parliament had already resigned. The Prime Minister and the remaining batch of ministers followed suit today.
In the wake of the accident, several countries have promised to send money to Lebanon to help them rebuild. Among other things, the EU has promised to send a total of $74 million. On Sunday, President Macron led a video conference aimed at fundraising aid for Lebanon.
The French President implored the world to move with speed to aid the affected in the country. “The objective today is to act quickly and effectively to coordinate our aid on the ground so that it goes as efficiently as possible to the Lebanese people.”
The video call virtually brought together US President Donald Trump, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and representatives of the World Bank, the Red Cross, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Union. Other world leaders and various international entities also joined.
The donations will be made through UN agencies and relief organizations. It has been emphasized by the organizations that the donations will be closely monitored to ensure that they reach the rightful intended beneficiaries.