The prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri. – REUTERS / MOHAMED AZAKIR
Lebanon's Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, announced on Tuesday that he will deliver to the president, Michel Aoun, the resignation of the Government in response to the strong protests the Arab country has suffered in recent days over the economic crisis and corruption.
“I will go to the Palace of Baabda to present the resignation of the Government to the president as the streets claim,” said Hariri in a message addressed to the nation, after acknowledging that he has reached a “stalemate.”
“The positions are not permanent, the important thing is the dignity and security of the country and nobody is bigger” than Lebanon, the Sunni politician has defended. He also appealed to “all parties to prioritize the interest and security of Lebanon and prevent an economic collapse.”
Hariri has also addressed his “political allies” to whom he recalled that the responsibility today is “to see how to protect Lebanon and prevent fire from burning it”, underlining that the current opportunity to do so should not be missed.
According to the newspaper 'L'Orient le Jour', which quotes a source close to the president, Hariri did not want to resign to avoid a new power vacuum for the country and was looking for guarantees to form a new cabinet. From his decision on Tuesday it follows that he has not achieved them.
The resignation occurs, in addition, despite the express rejection shown by the leader of the Shiite militia party Hezbollah, Hasan Nasralá, who on Friday warned that he was against the resignation of the Government and the holding of early elections.
Lebanon lives on Tuesday its thirteenth day of protests that began by a controversial decision to introduce a tax on the use of WhatsApp, later withdrawn, and that have evolved towards the requirement of the government's march through allegations of corruption.
On October 21, Hariri announced a package of economic reforms, although he has failed to placate the mood of the protesters. On Tuesday, supporters of the Shiite militia party Hezbollah and their Amal allies have attacked and dismantled the anti-government camp in downtown Beirut.