Lebanon Information Minister quits in first govt resignation over blast

BEIRUT (AFP) – Lebanon’s Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad yesterday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed over 150 people and destroyed swathes of the capital.

“After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,” she said in a statement carried by local media, apologising to the Lebanese public for failing them.

Meanwhile the head of Lebanon’s Maronite church called on the entire government to step down over the August 4 explosion, a blast widely seen as shocking proof of the rot at the core of the state apparatus.

At least six lawmakers have quit since the explosion.