Lebanese party leader asks ministers to resign from gov't
Publish- October 20, 2019, 02:09 PM
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Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces party. Photo: Collected
Beirut, Oct 20 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces party, asked his four ministers on Sunday to resign from the government, the National News Agency reported.
Geagea, who is an ally of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, called on Hariri to resign on Friday in a statement published on the party's website following the protests that took place all over Lebanon.
Lebanese citizens took to the streets since Thursday to oppose the new taxes that the government was planning to impose on the people instead of adopting measures to cut the budget deficit.
Geagea has on many occasions voiced his rejection for the 2020 state budget discussed by the government, because it does not include serious reforms to cut the budget deficit which has reached 11.4 percent of the GDP.