Beirut blast | Lebanon’s Environment Minister Kattar Demianos resigns
Beirut blast killed 160 people and wounded 6,000
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.
Mr. Demianos said in a statement late on August 9 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.
A demonstrator gestures during a protest following August 4 blast in Beirut's port area, in Beirut, Lebanon on August 9, 2020. | Photo Credit: Reuters
Mr. Demianos had offered his resignation earlier on August 9 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 on August 9.