Fiasco: Lebanese Lawyers 'Get Their Teeth Into' Naturalization Issue of 350 Foreigners

Published June 5th, 2018 - 10:20 GMT
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The lawyers of three political parties met Tuesday morning to discuss legal approaches towards a controversial decree granting Lebanese citizenship to some 350 people.

Lawyers from the Kataeb party, the Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese Forces gathered at the Kataeb headquarters in Saifi one day after the three parties lodged a request at the Interior Ministry for a copy of the decree, which has yet to be made public.

While Lebanese law does not require that such decrees be made public in the Official Gazette, caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Monday called on General Security to publish the names included in the decree to dismiss rumors and offer public clarification.

The controversial naturalization decree was recently signed by President Michel Aoun and would grant Lebanese citizenship to 260 Christians and 115 Muslims.

 

 

News of the decree has sparked an outcry in the country over the last week, prompting Aoun to task General Security head Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim over the weekend with vetting the listed names of those to become citizens.

Officials also announced Monday that they were “taking their time” before publicizing the final list of names. Naturalization has been a controversial topic since the Civil War, mainly due to its possible impact on the country’s sectarian balance.

Kataeb head Sami Gemayel and MP Nadim Gemayel were present for the meeting.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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