Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation, succumbing to the demands of protesters who have staged nationwide demonstrations for nearly two weeks.
The three-time prime minister has led a national unity government for two years. In recent months, the country saw rapid economic crisis, debt and price rise.
On October 17, the government proposed imposing a tax on Whatsapp calls, along with other austerity measures, sparking protests that paralyzed the country.
Lebanon has been under lockdown since the protests began. Banks and schools have been closed for 12 days, while protesters blocked major routes throughout the tiny eastern Mediterranean nation.
In a national address he said, “I can’t hide this from you. I have reached a dead-end .. To all my political peers, our responsibility today is how to protect Lebanon and to uplift the economy .. Today, there is a serious opportunity and we should not waste it.”
Scores of protesters cheered as Hariri announced his departure.