Head of Lebanese pro-US party orders ministers to resign from cabinet

A Lebanese political party with links to the United States and Saudi Arabia has ordered its ministers to resign from the government of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri amid growing protests on the streets against corruption.

The Lebanese Forces (LF), a parliamentary bloc with four ministers in the government, said on Saturday that the party had reached the conclusion after a meeting in the village of Maarab that Hariri’s government was no longer capable of solving the economic problems of the country.

LF leader Samir Geagea said in a televised speech from the party’s headquarters that he had ordered the four ministers to leave Hariri’s cabinet by submitting their resignation.

Geagea said the decision was meant to pave the way for the formation of a new government, adding that the current administration lacked the “intention” to carry out reforms demanded by protesters on the streets.

The move comes after days of demonstrations in Lebanon, a country beset by deep political rivalries.

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