Lebanese information minister resigns
Published: 06:49 PM, 9 August 2020
Manal Abdel Samad
The people of Lebanon are protesting against the horrific explosion in the capital Beirut. Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad has announced his resignation amid ongoing tensions.
He made the announcement on Sunday, acknowledging the failure of the country's ruling government.
In a statement, Manal apologized to the people for failing to discharge their duties properly in the ongoing context in the country. "I have announced my resignation after the catastrophic disaster in Beirut," he said. I apologize because I did not meet the expectations of the people.
The country's people have taken to the streets to protest against the government after a horrific explosion in Beirut reports Al Jazeera. So far 157 people have been killed in the blast. In addition, more than 6,000 people were injured. Besides, nearly 3 lakh people have become homeless.
At least 5,000 to 7,000 people took part in the protests in Lebanon on Saturday. A huge procession was taken out from the Shaheed Chattar of Beirut port, which was most affected by the blast. A group of Lebanese foreign ministers stormed a rally on Friday.
At least 110 people were injured during the protests, local media reported, citing the Red Cross. Several others have also been hospitalized.
Meanwhile, Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab has announced early elections to control the situation. "We will not be able to get out of the country's structural crisis without early parliamentary elections," he said in a televised speech. The matter will be discussed in the cabinet next Monday.
Source: Al Jazeera