Mr Saad al-Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister has resigned following calls by protesters that his government has failed.
Saad al-Hariri is expected to officially submit his resignation government’s to President Michel Aoun in response to the protests, saying he had “reached a dead end” Euro News reported.
He called on all Lebanese to protect civil peace as unprecedented nationwide anti-government protests continue.
It’s gathered that Hariri’s resignation may not go down well with the Shia Muslim group Hezbollah, whose leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has twice said he was against such a step, citing the risk of a dangerous void.
Lebanon’s government is designed to provide a political representation of all Lebanese religious groups, with its three largest being Christian Maronites, Sunni Muslims, and Shiite Muslims.
According to the tradition, the president must always be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shia.
Hezbollah supporters had risen in defence of Hariri as Shia ally the Amal Movement forced protesters out of the street Tuesday from a roadblock they had set up in Beirut. They tore their tents and fought with them, forcing police to intervene in the first incident of its kind since protests began.
Report says Tuesday was the first attempt to unblock roads in the capital by force and police have been instructed to not use force with protesters.
Before his resignation, Hariri had tried to calm protesters with a series of reform measures aimed at tackling corruption and putting in place long-delayed economic reforms.
But protest continued because no immediate actions were taken by the government to enact the new reforms.
The protests in Lebanon have paralysed economic activities with banks and other businesses closed for the 10th day on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.