Aoun Orders Reevaluation of Budget Item on Foreigners Residence Permits


President Michel Aoun on Wednesday asked parliament to reevaluate a controversial state budget article granting residence permits to foreigners and Arabs who buy apartments in Lebanon.

The Presidency said Aoun signed the 2018 state budget law and referred it to the official gazette for publication.

The president will ask parliament to “reevaluate Article 49 of the 2018 state budget for reasons he will detail in his letter,” the Presidency's press office added.

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi had on Sunday reiterated his warning over Article 49, urging its revocation.

He called for “abolishing this article and amending and suspending the foreign ownership law,” noting that the numbers of Arabs and foreigners “have currently exceeded half of Lebanon's people.”

“The current situations do not allow granting any residence permits, citizenship or naturalization,” the patriarch warned.

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Thumb s.o.s 19 April 2018, 01:00

His buddy Bashar issued a new law, by May 11 2018, anyone who owns a property in Syria has to show the property deeds to the local administration. Those who don't show up or can't provide the required documents will have their properties seized and auctioned off. Understand stolen. The refugees will remain in Lebanon and other countries if Bashar steals them.... did anyone say ethnic cleansing?