Lebanon justice minister resigns, citing Beirut port blast

Lebanon's newly appointed Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm and Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti arrive to attend the cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon

Lebanese Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm said in a statement on Monday she had presented her resignation from the government, citing the catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut.

In order news from Lebanon:

Lebanon’s Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad, and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar have all resigned from their post.

Lebanese police fired tear gas to try to disperse rock-throwing protesters blocking a road near Parliament in Beirut on Sunday in a second day of anti-government demonstrations triggered by last week’s devastating explosion.

International leaders joined a virtual donor conference led by France and the UN in the aftermath of the devastating explosion, pledging nearly $300m in humanitarian assistance that will be “directly delivered to the Lebanese population”.

US President Donald Trump has announced that the US will give “substantial” aid to Lebanon, but did not specify how much.

The IMF said it is willing to redouble efforts to help Lebanon after the devastating explosion, but said all of the country’s institutions needed to show willingness to carry out reforms.

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