Lebanon's prime minister to resign amid mass protests

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Lebanon’s prime minister announced his resignation Tuesday following nationwide protests that have paralyzed the country for nearly two weeks.

In a televised announcement, PM Saad Hariri stated that he was stepping down amid his country’s anti-government demonstrations, relinquishing political power to Lebanon President Michel Aoun.

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during an address to the nation in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. 
(AP)

"It has become necessary for us to make a great shock to fix the crisis," Hariri said.

The address came only hours after Hezbollah supporters stormed protest camps in a violent raid.

THOUSANDS OF LEBANON DEMONSTRATORS KEEP PRESSURE ON GOVERNMENT

Lebanese riot policemen separates between anti-government protesters, left, and Hezbollah supporters, right during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. 
(AP)

Many were reportedly carrying batons and setting shelters and equipment on fire. They were running the mainly non-violent protestors out of their Beirut camps.

Riot police and soldiers have been unsuccessful in separating the groups and preventing more violence from erupting.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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