In Lebanon, an explosion destroyed the office of the Education Minister, Dr. Asaad Rizk. The?
In Lebanon, an explosion destroyed the office of the Education Minister, Dr. Asaad Rizk. The blast followed the government's decision to postpone indefinitely final secondary school examinations because of unrest in the country.
SYNOPSIS: The decision to postpone the examinations was not welcomed by leftist parties in Beirut. The war-torn city more usually sees conflict between rightists and Syrian force. Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss said the explosion was a criminal act, but such attacks would not deter the government from taking any decision it considered necessary. No-one has claimed responsibility, but the bomb closely followed the postponement announcement.
Dr. Rizk was not in his office when the bomb exploded, and there were no casualties. The decision to postpone the examinations followed harassment of examination supervisors. Dr. Rizk said some had received threats, other had their cars blown up, and of 3,000 supervisors, he expected only 200 would turn up for the examinations.
Dr. Rizk stressed that the postponement decision was not the result of pressure from any political party or militia, but what followed, considerably damaged part of the Education Ministry building.