A Lebanese Christian party has announced it is quitting the government after the third day of protests across the country against tax increases and alleged official corruption.
After tens of thousands took to the streets on Saturday, four ministers from the Lebanese Forces Party, a traditional ally of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, resigned from his cabinet.
"We are convinced that the government is unable to take the necessary steps to save the situation", said Samir Gaegea, head of the party.
Hariri has given his deeply divided coalition until Monday evening to commit to a reform package aimed at shoring up the government's finances and securing the disbursement of desperately needed economic assistance from donors.
Protesters in Beirut's Riad al-Solh square, a stone's throw away from the seat of government, celebrated as news of the resignations broke.
But they quickly began chanting to demand further resignations, using a slogan conventionally chanted at football matches: "The first shot went in, where is the second?"
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