Several Parliament Blocs Request Copy of ‘Controversial’ Naturalization Decreeإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Several parliamentary blocs dismayed by a decree reportedly signed by President Michel Aoun granting Lebanese citizenship to foreigners, have headed to the Interior Ministry on Monday to request a copy of the decree.
A Kataeb delegation led by MP Nadim Gemayel said after leaving the ministry that Kataeb is requesting a copy to get acquainted with the names listed under that decree, in light of the “ambiguity” surrounding the issue, said Gemayel.
He raised concerns over “secrecy revolving the matter,” adding that “some names are listed on the Interpol regulations which may expose the banking sector to serious US or European penalties.”
But, MTV station said none of the blocs “received a copy as requested."
A Lebanese Forces delegation and another of the Progressive Socialist party also headed to the ministry for the same purpose.
Reports emerged lately saying that President Michel Aoun has signed the controversial decree one day before the government turned to its caretaker capacity.
The law grants citizenship to some 300 people mostly including names of Syrian figures close to Syrian President Bashar Assad who are also subject to US financial sanctions, to Palestinians, Western and Gulf businessmen, as well as a number of stateless applicants.
The decree has provoked criticism, especially since it will be issued by a caretaker government, and for including names reportedly close to the Syrian regime.