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Prime Minister of Lebanon Hassan Diab has announced his cabinet’s resignation, stating that the explosion that took place in Beirut and caused public outrage is the result of widespread corruption.

In a televised address, Diab said he supports Lebanese citizens’ calls to sue those who are responsible ‘for this crime’, reports Lebanon’s MTV.

Diab made this statement after his cabinet’s session during which ministers said they would like to resign.

“The corrupt system is stronger than the state, which can’t resist it and relieve itself of corruption. The forces that were protecting the country’s interests had to collaborate, but corruption made them face misery, and we need to change this because this is the real tragedy of the people of Lebanon. We paid heed to the citizens’ call for changes, but there is a very thick layer between us and changes. Those forces used all of their weapons, falsified facts and lied to people.

We call for a speedy investigation. We want to form a national salvation plan with citizens of Lebanon, and this is why I am announcing the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon,” Diab said.

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