Beirut explosion: Lebanon PM and entire government resigns after deadly blast

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the country’s entire government have resigned after the deadly Beirut blast that killed at least 160 people.

In a brief televised speech, Mr Diab said he is taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them”.

He said: “I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon.”

He repeated the last phrase three times.

Mr Diab also said “we are with the people in calling for trying those responsible for this crime” as he spoke on Monday evening.

Demonstrators had demanded political change after an explosion in Beirut killed more than 160 people and injured around 6,000 last week.

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