Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch urges govt to resign, calls for early elections

Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda. (File photo: Reuters)

Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai called on the cabinet on Sunday to resign if it cannot “change the way it governs” the country and help it to recover from Tuesday’s catastrophic port explosion in Beirut.

At least 158 people were killed and more than 6,000 others were injured in the capital on August 4 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.

Protesters stormed the foreign, economy, energy, and environment ministries on Saturday, as well as the Banking Association building.

Hundreds gathered in the streets of Beirut, holding banners that read “capital of the revolution” and “Beirut is a demilitarized city.”

Lebanese protesters clash with security forces in downtown Beirut on August 8, 2020. (AFP)

Lebanese protesters clash with security forces in downtown Beirut on August 8, 2020. (AFP)

(With Reuters)

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