In this photo released by the Lebanese Government, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, gives a speech at the Government House in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, March. 7, 2020. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)
UPDATED 4:05 PM PT — Saturday, August 8, 2020
The prime minister of Lebanon recently announced he will request parliamentary elections to take place early. According to Hassan Diab, the country will be unable to get out of its political crisis without early elections.
His request followed this week’s massive explosion at the Beirut seaport.
Citizens have since taken to the streets to protest the government’s handling of the incident.
An anti-government protester chants slogans inside the Lebanese foreign ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Reports claimed police fired tear gas after demonstrators become violent and attempted to enter the city’s parliament building.
Lebanese soldiers stand among tear gas during clashes with protesters as part of a protest against the political elites and the government after this week’s deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
In the meantime, Diab has stated he will propose a draft bill advocating for early parliamentary polls next week.
“We are in an emergency, not only because of the disaster and the manner of handling it, but the state of emergency I’m speaking about is related to the fate of the country and its future. That is why I call upon all the political parties to agree on the next phase. They don’t have a lot of time. I am ready to take on this responsibility for a period of two months so they could reach an agreement.” – Hassan Diab, Prime Minister of Lebanon
Although the Lebanese government has suggested they will hold anyone involved in the explosion accountable, many are not convinced.
Riot police advance to push back anti-government protesters, during a protest against the political elites who have ruled the country for decades, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)