Beirut explosion: Lebanon’s government ‘to resign’ as death toll rises

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Lebanese government is reportedly about to resign amid mounting anger over last Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut that killed more than 200 people.

Health Minister Hamad Hasan was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying an announcement would be made soon.

Three ministers have already stepped down, but there have been calls for the whole cabinet to go.

Many have accused Lebanon’s leaders of culpability for the blast through their alleged negligence and corruption.

The president and prime minister have said the explosion was the result of the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored for six years without safety measures at Beirut’s port.

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