Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has
offered to resign amid mass protests that have rocked the country for the past
Mr. Hariri said the move is aimed at unlocking
the deadlock between the government and the demonstrators who were protesting
the planned introduction of WhatsApp call tax. The taxes which were imposed
mid-October have since been scrapped.
Mr. Hariri said he had reached a “dead
end” and that he would submit his resignation and that of his government
to President Michel Aoun. The announcement was received with cheers by the
protesters in the country’s capital Beirut.
President Aoun is yet to comment on the resignation.
The violent demonstrations resulted in the
closure of banks and academic institutions. Riot police fired tear gas to quell
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