The Lebanese government has resigned in the aftermath of the massive explosion in Beirut and antigovernmental protests, Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Monday.

“I declare today the resignation of this government,” Diab said in a press conference. “May God protect Lebanon,” he added.

He said his cabinet had the interest of the Lebanese people at heart, but that they faced “huge corruption.”

Diab will head to the presidential palace to hand in his resignation. President Michel Aoun will remain in his post. Aoun accepted the resignation and the government was asked to stay on in a caretaker capacity.

Protesters over the weekend widely criticized the government, calling for regime change and accusing the government of negligent handling of the over 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate left in a warehouse for six years at the capital’s port. The explosion has killed at least 160 people and injured thousands of others. Further protests continued on the streets as Diab addressed the nation.


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