Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Tuesday after 13 days of anti-government protests demanding political and economic reform.
In a televised address, the prime minister said he had “reached a dead end” and would submit his resignation to President Michel Aoun.
“I’m going to the presidential palace to submit the resignation of the government,” he said. “This is in response to the will and demand of the thousands of Lebanese demanding change.”
Michel Aoun could now either accept Hariri’s resignation and begin consultations towards forming a new government or ask him to rethink. It took nine months to form the Hariri coalition cabinet that took office in January.
The two-week crisis has paralyzed Lebanon, closing banks, schools, and some businesses.