Lebanon’s Diab, ministers considering submitting joint resignation: Report

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The Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab and several ministers are considering submitting a joint resignation following the deadly Beirut port explosion on August 4, local newspaper An-Nahar reported on Sunday.

The report came after six members of the Lebanese parliament and one Cabinet minister resigned earlier.

Lebanon’s Minister of Information Manal Abdel Samad submitted her resignation on Sunday following the blast and public outcry over the government’s response to the disaster.

“After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,” she said in a television statement, apologizing to the Lebanese public for failing them.

Her announcement was followed by the resignation of MP Neamat Efrem from the House of Representatives, state news agency the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

At least 158 people were killed and more than 6,000 others were injured in the capital on Tuesday when a warehouse storing 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded after catching on fire.

The explosion had destroyed entire buildings and shattered windows, leaving around 300,000 people in Beirut homeless.

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