Lebanese minister quits over Beirut blast

The World: Lebanese minister resigns over Beirut blast

Last updated on September 11th, 2021 at 02:35 pm

Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdelsamad resigned on Sunday, in the first government resignation in the wake of a big explosion at the Beirut port. 

“After the horror of the catastrophe in Beirut, I put up my resignation,” Abdelsamad stated in a televised statement. 

“I express regret from the Lebanese people for no longer being in a position to fulfill their aspirations, alternate is nevertheless a long way from being achieved,” she said. 

Five Lebanese lawmakers have already cease in protest of the port explosion that killed at least 158 people, injured hundreds and left a extensive path of destruction at several neighborhoods in the capital. 

Lebanese officials stated the blast was precipitated by the detonation of 2,750 lots of ammonium nitrate that had been saved unsafely at the port for the closing six years. 

The authorities has introduced the formation of an investigation committee to probe the incident, which came about as Lebanon used to be reeling underneath its worst economic crisis. 

Two days before the explosion, Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti resigned in protest of failure to get to the bottom of the political disaster in the country.