Lebanese Forces resign from Cabinet

The LF succumbed to mounting public pressure calling for the dissolution of the Cabinet, which gained traction throughout the weekend.
by Georgi Azar

20 October 2019 | 00:20

Source: by Annahar

  • by Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 20 October 2019 | 00:20

Lebanese opposition leader Michel Aoun (L) speaks with Lebanese Forces' executive committee chief, Samir Geagea in 2008 (AFP)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Forces announced Saturday their withdrawal from the government, stating their "lack of confidence in the current Cabinet."

"I have asked our ministers to submit their resignations," LF leader Samir Geagea said from his party's headquarters in Maarab. 

The LF succumbed to mounting public pressure calling for the dissolution of the Cabinet, which gained traction throughout the weekend. 

"This is the first domino to fall," a protester told LBC!.

Geagea, similarly to Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, laid the blame at the feet of his opponents for "obstructing the necessary reforms."

The Lebanese Forces’ parliamentary bloc consisted of four ministers in Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government. 

The LF ministers were Kamil Abu Sulaiman, Minister of Labor, May Chidiac, Minister of Administrative Development, Ghassan Hasbani, Deputy Prime Minister, and Richard Kyumjian, Minister of Social Affairs. 

Protests have gripped Lebanon since Thursday night as growing discontent over the dire economic state of Lebanon reached a boiling point. 

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