In a televised address, Hariri said he would submit his government’s resignation to President Michel Aoun in response to the protests, saying his administration had “reached a dead end”.
“It has become necessary for us to make a great shock to fix the crisis. I am going to the Baabda Palace to give my resignation,” Hariri added, calling on all Lebanese to protect civil peace.
The prime minister’s announcement came hours after a mob loyal to Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal attacked and destroyed a camp set up by anti-government demonstrators in central Beirut.
The protest camp had been the focal point of the countrywide rallies against the political elite, which demonstrators accuse of rampant corruption and steering Lebanon towards economic collapse.france24