Confirming that no one is bigger than his country, Lebanon PM Saad Al-Hariri resigns after 13-day protests.
Lebanon PM Saad Al-Hariri announced on Tuesday evening his resignation from the premiership after reaching a “dead end” in light of the nationwide protests nearly two weeks ago.
Al-Hariri said in a televised speech: “I put my government’s resignation at the disposal of Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun”.
Al-Hariri called on all Lebanese to protect civil peace as unprecedented nationwide anti-government protests continue.
“For 13 days the Lebanese people have waited for a decision for a political solution that stops the deterioration (of the economy), and I have tried, during this period, to find a way out, through which to listen to the voice of the people,” Al-Hariri said in his speech.
Al-Hariri added that the resignation comes in response to many Lebanese who got out to the streets.
Earlier in the day, two official sources told Reuters that Al-Hariri was heading towards resignation and could announce it today or tomorrow, as supporters of Hezbollah and Amal movement attacked protesters at a roadblock in Beirut yesterday and dismantled their tents, prompting police to intervene, chanting slogans in support of Hezbollah Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah and Lebanese Parliament Speaker, Nabih Berri, head of Amal Movement.
It began when Hezbollah and Amal movement supporters made their way into the protest camp on the Ring Bridge in central Beirut and tried to get protesters to open the way.