Monday 18 November 2019

Prime minister admits defeat and resigns after hitting 'dead end'

 

Saad Hariri resigned amid nationwide demonstrations. Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Azakir
Saad Hariri resigned amid nationwide demonstrations. Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

Eric Knecht

Lebanon's embattled prime minister has said he is handing his resignation to the president after he hit a "dead end" amid nationwide anti-government protests.

Saad Hariri acted after nearly two weeks of mass demonstrations calling for the resignation of the government and the overthrow of the political class which has dominated the country since its 1975-1990 civil war.

Mr Hariri's comments were cheered by the few protesters who had returned to the epicentre of the protests in central Beirut.

A mob had broken up the protest camp shortly before Mr Hariri spoke, amid tensions reflecting the division among politicians over how to handle the crisis.

Mr Hariri called on all Lebanese to protect civil peace and prevent further economic deterioration.

Irish Independent

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