Earlier in the day, Jumblatt said his two Cabinet ministers would only remain in the governing coalition if it agreed to a series of economic reforms including legislation against new taxes, plans to stop overspending and an agreement not to deduct from the salaries of retirees.
In the largest protests Lebanon has experienced since the 2005 Cedar Revolution, hundreds of thousands of citizens flooded central Beirut as well as locations throughout the country demanding immediate government economic reform.
Many protesters reportedly carried banners calling for Prime Minister Saad Hariri to disband the government.
Instead of party banners, protesters reportedly largely donned the country’s national flag instead.
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