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Lebanese Finance Minister Reportedly Steps Down Amid Anti-Government Protests Over Beirut Blast

© REUTERS / AZIZ TAHERPeople gather to light candles to mourn the victims of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, at Martyrs' Square in Beirut, Lebanon August 7, 2020.
People gather to light candles to mourn the victims of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, at Martyrs' Square in Beirut, Lebanon August 7, 2020. - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the day, Lebanese Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm submitted her written resignation to Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

Lebanese finance minister Ghazi Wazni has resigned over the deadly Beirut port blast, according to local media reports.

Recently, Lebanese Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm, Information Minister Manal Abdel-Samad and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar have submitted resignations.

Following a massive explosion earlier in the week, thousands took to in streets of Beirut on Saturday to demand the government's resignation. Four ministries and the banks association were stormed by protesters. One law enforcement officer is reported to have died and over 700 people injured.

Late on Tuesday, a powerful explosion took place at the port of Beirut, killing at least 158 people and injuring over 6,000, per the latest estimates. According to the authorities, the explosion was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, confiscated by the customs services in 2014 and stored in the port since then. The explosion has also caused considerable damage to the city, having destroyed or damaged dozens of houses.

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