Lebanon justice minister resigns


Two more Lebanese ministers resigned on Monday amid growing public anger following massive explosions that struck the Beirut Port last week.

The resignations of Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm and Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni came a day after information and environment ministers stepped down.

Six lawmakers have also resigned from the 128-member parliament in protest over the massive explosion traced to a stockpile of 2,750 tons ammonium nitrate stored at the port since 2013.

A Cabinet meeting is scheduled for Monday, amid reports that the whole government might resign.

If a total of seven ministers resign, the Cabinet would effectively become a caretaker government.

The blasts rocked Beirut to its core, killing at least 158 people with approximately 6,000 injured and 300,000 rendered homeless.

Protesters have taken to the streets with violent anti-government demonstrations for the past two nights, storming official buildings and clashing with police.


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