Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel Samad announced on Sunday is stepping down amid violent protests erupted after a blast that killed over 150 people in capital Beirut on Tuesday.
“After the enormous disaster in Beirut, I present my resignation from the government,” she said in a brief televised address. “I apologize to the Lebanese, we were unable to meet their expectations.
It comes after anti-government protesters stormed Lebanese government buildings on Saturday evening, including the foreign ministry.
Police fired tear gas and clashed with the thousands of protesters who gathered in the center of the Lebanese capital.
The Lebanese Red Cross said on Sunday morning that at least 65 people had been transported to nearby hospitals and another 185 were treated at the scene.
According to AFP, at least one police officer has died in the clashes.
Meanwhile, Lebanon’s prime minister said he would introduce legislation proposing early elections, calling on political parties to put aside disagreements.
Protesters widely blame government negligence and corruption for the explosion that killed more than 150 people and injured thousands earlier this week.
Officials have said the blast in Beirut was in part due to 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that was housed for years in a warehouse by the port.