Resignation Address Following the Beirut Explosions
August 2020, Beirut, Lebanon
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We are still under the shock of the
struck Lebanon. This disaster which has hit the Lebanese at the core, occurred
a result of chronic corruption in politics, administration and the State.
I previously said that the system of corruption is
deeply-rooted in all the functions of the state; nevertheless I discovered that
the corrupt system is bigger than the State, and that the latter is constrained
by this system and cannot confront it or get rid of it.
One of the many examples of corruption exploded in
the port of Beirut, and the calamity befell Lebanon; but corruption cases are
widespread in the country's political and administrative landscape; other
calamities hiding in many minds and warehouses, and which pose a great threat,
are protected by the class that controls the fate of the country, threatens the
lives of people, falsifies facts, survives on seditions and trades in people’s
blood during periods of relinquishment which have become a pattern that repeat
itself according to interests, impulses, calculations and fluctuating
Today we are facing a great tragedy, and all the
forces that are keen on preserving the country and the interests of the people
were supposed to cooperate in order to overcome this ordeal, by remaining silent
in mourning for the souls of the martyrs, by respecting the grief of the
bereaved, parents, siblings, and orphans, by helping people, by healing their
wounds, by sheltering them, and by providing assistance to those who have lost
The magnitude of the tragedy is too large to
describe; nevertheless, some live in another time; their only aim is to score
political points, deliver populist electoral discourse, and demolish the
lingering State’s presence.
Shame on them. They should feel ashamed of themselves,1
for their corruption has produced this calamity which was hidden for seven
and God knows how many calamities they are concealing under the cloak of their
Those people are accustomed to changing their
positions to falsify the facts, while what is required is to change them,
because they constitute the real tragedy of the Lebanese people.
They have changed and altered a lot in the past,
every time there are prospects for getting rid of their corruption.
They did not read well the
October 17 Revolution
staged by the Lebanese. That revolution was against them, but they did not
understand it well. They continued with their practices and calculations, and
they thought that they could dilute the Lebanese people’s demands for change,
for a fair and strong state, for an independent judiciary, for ending
corruption, waste and thefts, for putting an end to financial policies that
emptied the State’s treasury, wasted people's deposits, and placed the country
under huge debt burdens, which caused this financial, economic social and living
But the biggest paradox is that, several weeks
after the formation of this government, they tried to throw their sins on the
Cabinet and hold it responsible for the collapse, waste and public debt.
This is true. Shame on them. Shame on them.2
This government has gone to great lengths to lay
out a road map to save the country.
Every minister in this government has done his
very best, for we are keen on preserving the country, its future and the future
of our children.
We have no personal interests; all that matters to
us is saving the country; we have endured many false accusations and campaigns
for the sake of saving the country. But we refused to be lured into futile polemics, for we wanted to work. Nevertheless, fury horns did not stop their
attempts to falsify the facts in order to protect themselves and cover up their
We carried the Lebanese people’s demand for
change. But a very thick and thorny wall separates us from change; a wall
fortified by a class that is resorting to all dirty methods in order to resist
and preserve its gains, its positions and its ability to control the State.
We fought fiercely and honorably, but this battle
is unequal. We were alone, and they were all against us. They used all their
weapons, distorted facts, falsified evidences, spread rumors, lied to people,
committed small and big debaucheries. They knew that we pose a threat to them,
and that the success of this government means a real change in this long-ruling
class whose corruption has asphyxiated the country.
Today we have reached this point; we are facing an
earthquake that struck the country, with all its humanitarian, social, economic
and national repercussions. Our first concern is dealing with these
repercussions, in parallel with a quick investigation that defines the
responsibilities and prevent the application of any statutory limitation to the
Today we are appealing to the people, to their
demand to hold accountable those responsible for this disaster that has been
concealed for seven years, to their desire for real change, for a shift from the
State of corruption, waste, brokerage and thefts, to a State based on the rule
of law, justice, and transparency, a State that respects its citizens.
Faced with this reality, we take a step back, to
stand with the people, in order to wage the battle of change with them. We want
to open the door to national salvation, a salvation3 that the Lebanese will participate
Therefore, today I announce the resignation of
May God protect Lebanon… May God protect Lebanon.
May God protect Lebanon!
Long Live Lebanon!
Original Text Source:
Changes to original text:1They
were supposed to be ashamed of themselves" changed to "Shame on them.
They should feel ashamed of themselves...."(as
translated in the video above)
"No Shyness at all!" changed to "This is true. Shame on them. Shame on
them." (as translated in the video above)
"national rescue" changed to "national salvation"
as translated here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn7LnQUZYyU
Addition text change: all "..." changed to a single period
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