Local media have announced that the government led by Hassan Diab will disband and the president will form a new government • Health Minister Hezbollah has confirmed the reports • Fears that following the political crisis, the disaster-stricken country will degenerate into anarchy
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab
Lebanese media announced today (Monday) the resignation of the government led by Hassan Diab, following the disaster of the explosion and against the background of the great political protest that broke out in the country.
Health Minister Hemed Hassan, a senior figure in the political arm of Hezbollah, confirmed the remarks, saying the government's days were over. Lebanese President Michel Yaron will now have to choose a new candidate to form the government from within the political system in Lebanon.
Outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab is expected to speak tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Earlier it was reported that three ministers had resigned from the government as well as a number of MPs who had announced their resignation from the Lebanese legislature.
Meanwhile, yesterday thousands of protesters tried to break into the Lebanese parliament building and clashed with police forces, in protest of last week’s explosion in Beirut that claimed the lives of 158 people and caused extensive destruction in the city center.
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The protesters broke into the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Housing, all located on the streets near the Parliament building and set fire to tires and office equipment near the Parliament building. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
Videos uploaded on social media show angry demonstrators calling on security forces to stop suppressing the demonstrations and confront the terrorist organization Hezbollah. The demonstrators shouted at the police that they were "afraid of Hezbollah."
At the same time, pictures were published on the Internet of Hezbollah members firing firearms at demonstrators, last night in a demonstration of tens of thousands against the government and the terrorist organization. During that demonstration, more than 400 demonstrators were injured.