Anti-govt Protesters in Lebanon Seek to Shut Down Key State Institutions

  • Anti-govt Protesters in Lebanon Seek to Shut Down Key State Institutions

Anti-govt Protesters in Lebanon Seek to Shut Down Key State Institutions

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun yesterday announced that 17 files on corruption had been referred to investigation.

"With every passing day, the situation is becoming more acute", warned World Bank regional director Saroj Kumar Jha.

A long list of grievances have spurred exasperated Lebanese to protest, but government corruption and dire living conditions are among the key concerns.

"The new ministers will have a great reputation and they won't be involved in any corrupt practices", Aoun said during his meeting with a World Bank official.

Lebanese demonstrators have begun surrounding government institutions in the capital, Beirut, and other cities, as a mass protest movement demanding an overhaul of the country's political system approaches its fourth week.

The president is expected to hold parliamentary consultations to name a new prime minister, who will form a government capable of dealing with the current economic challenges.

But his pledge came as hundreds of students led anti-government demonstrations across the country, refusing to return to class before the demands of the protest movement are met.

"What's going to I pause with a college leaver's certificate if I must not have a rustic", one pupil instructed Lebanese tv.

In a truly grand pupil-led verbalize, crowds streamed into a central square in the southern metropolis of Sidon, annoying better public education and further job alternatives for college leavers, the narrate-escape National Info Agency (NNA) reported.

In a school in the resort town of Jounieh, just north of the capital, pupils mobilised against school governors accusing them of banning particpation in the protests.

In other ways, protests were easing off.

Banks were open and classes resumed at most schools after a two-week gap.

Protesters want Hariri's government, now in a caretaker role, to be replaced with a cabinet of independent experts who can lead Lebanon out of a deepening economic and financial crisis, secure basic services such as water and electricity and create a new, non-sectarian electoral law.

Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Beirut, said a group of protesters had arrived and gathered in front of the Ministry of Justice to call for accountability.