Two Lebanese Christian groups, hostile to Syria's presence in the country, criticized Saturday the opening of polling stations in Lebanon for Syrian citizens voting in the upcoming presidential plebiscite.
In separate statements, the National Liberal Party (NLP) and the now disbanded Lebanese Forces condemned the decision of Lebanon's interior ministry to open ballot booths around Lebanon for Monday's vote to approve Bashar Assad as Syria's new president.
The NLP said it "found no justification for the interior ministry's decision," while the Lebanese Forces said it was "surprised" by the action.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians, many of them unauthorized, have come to work in Lebanon, which already suffers from more than 22 percent unemployment and sees many of its young people emigrate for jobs.
Private Lebanese television stations, including Future TV that is owned by former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, have publicized the locations of polling stations where Syrians can vote - BEIRUT (AFP)
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