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Lebanese PM Diab announces fall of govt

BEIRUT (Agencies): Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has announced the resignation of his whole cabinet.

He says the port disaster is the result of chronic corruption and the government’s decision to resign is a sign that they are heeding people’s desires for change.

“The greatest threat… is the class which rules the country, and threatens the interests of its people, spreads disunity, and deals in the blood of the Lebanese people,” Diab says.

“The tragedy is utterly indescribable. But some are living in some other time, seeking to score political points or give populist speeches… only God knows how many disasters are hiding underneath their corruption,” Diab adds.

“This class has not come to grips with the Lebanese people revolution on October 17, 2019.”

“This was a revolution that opposed them. But they did not understand it. They continued on with their practices and concern, thinking they could avoid the Lebanese people’s desire for change and independent institutions,” he says.

In a brief televised speech, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that he is taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.”

Fresh protests are taking place in Beirut, as Lebanese citizens continue to vent frustrations at endemic government corruption.

Protesters have toppled a security wall and clashes are being reported near parliament, Naharnet news reports.

Videos show fighting between riot police, who are firing tear gas, and protesters.

The clashes take place as Prime Minister Hassan Diab addresses the nation, hours after turning in the resignation of his whole government.

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