Lebanon’s prime minister, Hassan Diab, and the country’s entire government have resigned following the devastating Beirut explosion which has killed at least 160 people and left more than 6,000 injured.
According to Diab, the explosion that rocked Beirut last week was caused by “endemic corruption” as he called for trial on those responsible for the deadly blast.
“I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon. I am taking “a step back” to stand with the people and fight the battle for change alongside them,” he said.
“Today we follow the will of the people in their demand to hold accountable those responsible for the disaster that has been in hiding for seven years, and their desire for real change.
“In the face of this reality I am announcing today the resignation of this government,” he added.