Lebanese MP Paula Yacoubian resigns from parliament over blast

Thank you for your reading and interest in the news Lebanese MP Paula Yacoubian resigns from parliament over blast and now with details

Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Independent member of the Lebanese parliament Paula Yacoubian resigned on Saturday as an MP in a video recording posted on Twitter following the Beirut explosion that left more than 150 people dead.

She said she decided to resign instantly after Tuesday’s massive explosion that had destroyed "a huge part of my city Beirut".

Ms Yacoubian said she feels the peoples’ suffering and cannot endure sitting beside parliamentarians that had contributed to it. She said handing in her resignation was the least she could do to bring some sort of comfort to the Lebanese.

“I believe that my resignation has become more of a duty now. Despite the fact that my presence inside the parliament made us expose those who were involved in corruption, and get hold of information that could help us expose those responsible for what the country has reached, I communicated with a number of MPs … independent ones and the members of Lebanese Phalange Party [Kataeb] with whom I discussed the resignation. Some asked not to rush and wait a bit,” she said.

In an emotional speech during a funeral service for one of his top party officials who died in Tuesday's blast, Samy Gemayel announced his resignation and that of the two other MPs from his Kataeb party.

"Your comrades took the decision to resign from parliament," Gemayel said, addressing Kataeb secretary-general Nazar Najarian, one of the 154 confirmed victims of the explosion at Beirut port.

Anti-government protesters hurl stones at Lebanese riot police during a protest against the Lebanese politicians who have ruled the country for decades, outside of the Lebanese Parliament in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. EPA

Anti-government protesters hurl stones at Lebanese riot police during a protest against the Lebanese politicians who have ruled the country for decades. EPA

People view the damage at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon. Reuters

French rescue team member and a search and rescue dog walk near the damaged grain silo at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon. Reuters

An excavator cleans debris near the damaged grain silo at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon. Reuters

Members of forensic team walk near rubble at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon. Reuters

People observe two coffins, damaged by Tuesday's massive explosion that rocked the city, in Beirut, Lebanon. Getty Images

Structural damage, caused by Tuesday's massive explosion that rocked the city, is visible at St Michel Maronite Churchs cemetery in Beirut, Lebanon. Getty Images

Lebanese army member stands at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon. Reuters

A handout picture obtained from Qatar's Internal Security Force, shows members of its search and rescue unit assisting their Lebanese counterparts in seeking survivors on the site of a massive blast at the Beirut port. AFP

A handout picture obtained from Qatar's Internal Security Force shows members of its search and rescue unit assisting their Lebanese counterparts in seeking survivors on the site of a massive blast at the Beirut port. AFP

A forensic inspector walks on rubble at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon. Reuters

A view of rubble near the damaged grain silo at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon. Reuters

Damaged cars are seen at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon. Reuters

An abandoned shoe is seen at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon. Reuters

When she saw that Katayeb MPs announced their resignation, Ms Yacoubian said she decided to tender her resignation as well.

“I wish that we could have been 10 or 12 liberal and independent parliamentarians to resign," she said in a video posted on Twitter.

"I will try to contact as much MPs as possible to convince them to resign because we cannot continue to play the role of ‘false witnesses’ in this parliament that is unproductive and doesn’t convene,” she was heard as saying in Arabic.

She complained about the banks imposing capital controls and complained about the economy.

The politician then claimed that, during her two years in parliament, she repeatedly called for urgent meetings of the special parliamentarian committee in charge of environment issues to discuss the topic of the polluted and poisonous air that the Lebanese have been breathing.

“We have been dying slowly. Despite all my calls nobody responded. The Parliament has been converted to a political barrack. I hear by call on all our decent and fellow colleagues in the parliament to resign as well,” she reiterated.

There is no hope whatsoever in making any reforms, according to Ms Yacoubian, who became an MP after she won the Armenian seat in Beirut. She said even "if they plan to make the reforms that would be formal just like the arrests made so far".

“Don’t trust them and don’t believe that there is change. Despite all the damages and what has happened so far they still come out and give us their same mottos and speeches,” she said.

There is one real opposition and that is the Lebanese people that perceives this ruling elite as an enemy, she continued.

“I call on the biggest number of MPs, who want to do something for the people, to resign. Though a late step, but that is the best thing we could do for the Lebanese people.

I call on the people to come down as one to Beirut and say we are the power we are the administration we are the ones who should rule and we should not be separated,” she said.

Lebanon's ambassador to Jordan also resigned in the aftermath of the blast, caused when fire spread to a depot where a huge amount of ammonium nitrate had been stored for years, unsecured.

Early evidence shows top officials knew of its presence at the port and that safety procedures were knowingly and repeatedly violated.

The government has promised a swift and thorough enquiry but public trust is low that an investigative committee chaired by top officials will uncover the real culprits.

Updated: August 8, 2020 06:17 PM

These were the details of the news Lebanese MP Paula Yacoubian resigns from parliament over blast for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at The National and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV Germany says it will investigate Navalny poisoning case, if he agrees
NEXT London's music goes underground to beat lockdown blues