World Bank official urges Beirut to form a new cabinet within a week to prevent further loss of confidence in its economy as thousands of high school and university students skip classes in widening anti-graft protests.
The students joined the now four-week-long protests, outing their frustration at the lack of future prospects in the country with youth unemployment reaching 30 percent.
Security forces still struggling to open some roads as protesters continue their civil disobedience campaign in support of nationwide anti-government demonstrations.
Saad Hariri said he would submit his government's resignation after nearly two weeks of mass protests across the country.
Demonstrators joined hands from Tripoli to Tyre, a 170-kilometre chain running through the main protest hub in Beirut, as part of an unprecedented cross-sectarian mobilisation.
Sparked on October 17 by a proposed tax on free calls made through messaging apps such as WhatsApp, the protests have morphed into a cross-sectarian street mobilisation against a political system seen as corrupt and broken.
Demonstrations sparked by a proposed tax on WhatsApp and other messaging apps have morphed into an unprecedented cross-sectarian street mobilisation against the political class.
Tempers boiled over on Thursday over plans to introduce a $0.20 tax on calls on messaging applications such as WhatsApp, though it was then scrapped in response to the protests.
Hundreds gathered near the government headquarters and parliament building in central Beirut where riot police were deployed.
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