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Kataeb's 3 MPs resign in aftermath of Beirut explosion

Sami Gemayel speaks during a press conference at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel announced the resignation of the party’s three MPs from Parliament Saturday, after a blast claimed more than 154 lives and destroyed half the capital this week.

Gemayel announced the resignations during the funeral service of Kataeb Secretary-General Nazar Najarian, who died as a result of his injuries from the Beirut blast Tuesday.

Kataeb MP Nadim Gemayel posted his official resignation letter to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Twitter.

"The current constitutional institutions and those who are in charge of them do not represent my aspirations nor the aspirations of those who gave me the trust and honor to represent them," he said in his letter.

He added that it doesn't make a difference if the Kataeb MPs are in the opposition or in government, since there are some who have robbed the constitutional institutions with their weapons, so they stay ineffective with no accountability.

Independent MP Paula Yacoubian also said she will hand in her resignation next week and Progressive Socialist Party MP Marwan Hamade resigned immediately after the blast.

Yacoubian called on all MPs to resign together Monday. "Opposition from the inside is no longer feasible," she tweeted.

The entire ruling class is under immense criticism by the Lebanese people who accuse them of gross negligence and recklessness, after authorities asserted that the reason for the blast was the explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse at the Beirut Port for six years.

Angered people who have been calling for the resignation of all politicians are set to protest at Martyrs’ Square in the afternoon, to seek justice for those who died, calling Saturday the “Day of Rage,” for leaders who they call “murderers” for leaving a ticking bomb at the port for so long, effectively putting the public in grave danger.





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