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Lebanese Prime Minister calls for early elections as political unrest escalates

Amidst political crisis and unrest going on in the aftermath of the major explosion in Beirut, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Saturday announced that he would request for early parliamentary elections.

“We cannot get out of this crisis without early parliamentary elections,” he said, reading a statement.

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The decision has come after angry crowds took to the streets on Saturday protesting against the government’s inefficiency in handling the catastrophe which killed over 150 people and injured over 5,000.

Police had also fired tear gas and rubber bullets to the mass gathered in Martyrs square and outside other government ministries demanding the fall of the regime.

Diab announced in a televised speech that he would stay in the post for two more months till the major political parties can reach an agreement. He would also introduce a bill to conduct early elections.

The decision is expected to calm the angry uprising.

Five officials have already given their resignation and some high-profile officials have also resigned in protest.

Since the popular uprising in October which led to the fall of the Saad Hariri Government, public dissatisfaction of the ruling class has been widespread and has accelerated the financial country to a level that the country has never seen.