Several Parliament Blocs Request Copy of ‘Controversial’ Naturalization Decree

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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.

Comments 3
Thumb barrymore 04 June 2018, 15:26

The senile corrupt old man apparently signed the decree granting the citizenship to persons before clearing them with national and international security agencies!!! Today, apparently some names were crossed off the decree after not having passed security checks!

المشنوق بحث مع اللواء ابراهيم مرسوم التجنيس: تم حذف مجموعة من الأسماء

That is how 'competent' and corrupt those in power are.

Thumb rolfmao. 04 June 2018, 16:17

Presidents usually award citizenships at the end of their term not at the beginning. But I suppose that this one was handed a list to approve, so long, he has to start early and pace himself. Besides those who promised him the presidency before he returned from exile and who stalled and stalled the elections of a president on his behalf expect to be rewarded as agreed. But on second thought at 83ish years old he could already be at the end of his term.

Thumb roflmfao 04 June 2018, 20:06

They claim that some Lebanese citizenships where given to some recipients for health reasons.
The Health departments in the EU, UK, USA and Canada have just announced that they will open Lebanese embassies and consulate in every metropolis, city, county and small town in their respective countries. These replace the archaic concepts of hospitals, clinics and pharmacies after researchers at the Dr Gebran Bassil Institute and power plant in Rabieh discovered that neither laughter nor medicine are the best medicine. The best medicine is a Lebanese citizenship.