The Lebanese Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm has resigned as a member of the government, which had three victims and injured more than 5,000 in protest against the explosion that devastated the Beirut port area last Tuesday and left more than 150 dead.
Najm sent his resignation letter to Prime Minister Hasan Diab on Monday. The outgoing minister herself has confirmed that she took the step after the explosion and protests against the executive, according to the Lebanese chain MTV.
Like Najm, Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad and Environment Chief Damianos Qattar have resigned in the past few days, and local media assume that there will be more departures in the coming hours.
A day before the explosion, Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti had warned of the risk that Lebanon would become a “failed state” and left the executive branch, which was now in deep crisis. The Prime Minister has proposed calling early elections.
The incident, which resulted from the accidental explosion of 2,750 tons of poorly stored ammonium nitrate, sparked renewed protests in Beirut. These demonstrations resulted in the deaths of at least one police officer and hundreds of other injured.