Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 20, 2019. Thousands of demonstrators on Friday protested against the appointment of Hassan Diab as Lebanese prime minister. (Photo by Bilal Jawich/Xinhua)
BEIRUT, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of demonstrators on Thursday evening protested against the appointment of Hassan Diab as Lebanese prime minister, the National News Agency reported.
Protesters blocked roads in Beirut, Akkar, Sidon, Nehme, Tripoli and other regions, burning tires and clashing with security forces.
People in some of the areas even pitched tents, vowing not to leave the streets until the resignation of the new prime minister who is an ally of Hezbollah.
Earlier in the day, Diab succeeded in securing 69 out of 128 parliamentary votes to form a new government, ending the 50 days of a political stalemate in Lebanon.
Lebanon is in dire need of a government capable of dealing with the current economic crisis and saving the country from further deterioration.