Lebanon’s president approves PM official resignation

BEIRUT, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri tendered his official resignation upon meeting President Michel Aoun at Beirut’s Baabda Palace on Tuesday.

The resignation comes just over two weeks into protests that swept the whole country over deteriorating living standards and corruption.

A Presidency statement said that the resignation is “pursuant to constitutional principles and due to the internal challenges facing the country and Lebanon’s conviction of the necessity to create a ‘positive shock’ and form a new government able to face challenges and defend the higher interests of the Lebanese people.” Earlier, in an address to the public, Al-Hariri said the decision to quit, which also encompasses his whole cabinet, was made after the country reached a “dead end.” Meanwhile, former prime ministers Fouad Siniora, Najib Mikati and Tammam Salam have called on Lebanese factions to honour their national responsibilities and respond to popular demands in order to spare Lebanon from collapse.

Source: Kuwait News Agency