Beirut blasts: Lebanese MP Marwan Hamadeh resigns, says ‘government ineffective’

Lebanese MP Marwan Hamadeh resigned from parliament during a live interview on Al Arabiya, saying that he no longer felt honored to be part of an “ineffective government” following the deadly explosions that erupted in the port of Beirut.

“Tonight, I’ve taken with full independence the decision to resign from the House of Representatives, because I am no longer honored to be a member of institutions that watch the country’s devastation with a total bias that it destroyed and impoverished in front of the world, under an ineffective presidency, a government that is a monster that is only a mix of opposition and elite parties,” Hamadeh told Al Arabiya.

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File picture dated October 10, 2005, shows then-Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh during a meeting in Beirut. (AFP)

File picture dated October 10, 2005, shows then-Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh during a meeting in Beirut. (AFP)

Hamadeh, a former journalist turned politician, previously survived an assassination attempt in 2004 when a car bomb explosion injured him and killed one of his bodyguards. He is a member of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party led by Walid Jumblatt.

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