Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2019

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri to resign due to anti-government demonstrations



Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has announced that he will resign due to anti-government demonstrations that have been going on since October 17th.

Hariri said at a press conference at his home in the capital Beirut, that he would submit his resignation to President Michel Avn following 13 days of anti-government protests in Lebanon.

Hariri stated that he tried to listen to the voice of people and search for ways out to protect the country against the dangers of security and life. He said, “I am going to the Baabda Presidential Palace to offer my resignation in line with the will of the Lebanese. I address all my political partners; our responsibility today is how to protect Lebanon and develop its economy. I leave my resignation at the discretion of President Avn and all Lebanese. The most important is the dignity and security of Lebanon”.

The Lebanese protests began on 17 October in response to the government’s attempt to impose taxes on communication and in particular on the social network WhatsApp.

Despite the announcement the government quit the tax decision for WhatsApp implementation the protests that had spread throughout the country did not end.

It is reported that protests of this size are taking place in Lebanon since the garbage crisis in 2015.





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