Lebanon PM set to resign as entire government steps down following deadly explosion

Words are written by Lebanese citizens in front of the scene of Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Public fury over the massive explosion in Beirut took a new turn Saturday night as protesters stormed government institutions and clashed for hours with security forces, who responded with heavy volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Hassan Diab is set to resign within hours after the entire government stepped down.

Anti-government protesters had demanded political change after an explosion in Beirut killed more than 160 people and injured around 6,000

Lebanon’s health minister Hamad Hassan confirmed the government had resigned as he spoke to reporters after a cabinet meeting on Monday.

The cabinet has been under increasing pressure after several ministers quit or expressed their intention to step down in recent days.

Mr Hamad said: “The whole government resigned.”

He added that the prime minister will head to the presidential palace to “hand over the resignation in the name of all the ministers”.

Protests had been planned for outside the government headquarters to coincide with the cabinet meeting.