Lebanese PM Saad Hariri resigns owing to countrywide protests

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Beirut — Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday resigned from his post owing to countrywide protests.

In a televised speech, Hariri said that he reached a “dead-end” and he would submit his resignation to the Michel Aoun.

A massive voilence erupted on Monday when a mob loyal to Hezbollah and Amal attacked and destroyed a protest camp set up by anti-Government demonstrators in Beirut.

“For 13 days the Lebanese people have waited for a decision for a political solution that stops the deterioration (of the economy). And I have tried, during this period, to find a way out, through which to listen to the voice of the people,” Hariri said.

“It is time for us to have a big shock to face the crisis. I am going to the Baabda (presidential) palace to present the resignation of the government. To all partners in political life, our responsibility today is how we protect Lebanon and revive its economy,” Hariri added.

Lebanon is currently hit with protests over deteriorating economical conditions.