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Another Lebanon Cabinet member resigns amid rising anger among masses following blast in Beirut

Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut.

Published: 10th August 2020 01:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th August 2020 01:13 AM   |  A+A-

Beirut port explosion

Words are written by Lebanese citizens in front of the scene of Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

BEIRUT: Lebanon's environment minister has resigned.

Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut.

Demianos said in a statement late Sunday that he's leaving the government in solidarity with the victims.

The blast killed 160 people and wounded 6,000.

He described the ruling system in Lebanon as "flaccid and sterile" and says it's wasted several chances to reform.

Demianos had offered his resignation earlier Sunday but was in talks with Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

People in Lebanon have blamed the explosion on negligence and mismanagement.

Angry protests followed amid calls for government officials to resign.

Another Cabinet member stepped down earlier Sunday.


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