Lebanon’s information minister, Manal Abdel Samad quits her after the explosion in Lebanon. The explosion killed over 150 people and destroyed almost the whole capital.
“After the enormous Beirut catastrophe. I announce my resignation from government,” she said on Sunday in a statement. Apologising to the Lebanese public for failing them.
The head of Lebanon’s Maronite church called on the entire government. They step down over the explosion.widely seen as proof of the rot at the core of the state.
The Maronite patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi joined the chorus of people. He pressed the prime minister Hassan Diab’s cabinet to step down over the explosion. According to him- “described as a crime against humanity”.
“It is not enough for a lawmaker to resign here. or a minister to resign there,” Rai said in a Sunday sermon. “It is necessary, out of sensitivity to the feelings of the Lebanese. The immense responsibility required, for the entire government to resign. it is incapable of moving the country forward.”
The UK promised to “stand by the Lebanese people” and £20m in aid. A new package of support is given by the UK government.
French president Emmanuel Macron called for speedy international backing for disaster-struck Lebanon. He urged its leaders to prevent “chaos”. He opened an emergency aid conference after the deadly port blast in Beirut.