Lebanese Forces submit appeal to strike down naturalization decree

The decree drew strong criticism across the board after Interior Minister Nohad Machnouq conceded earlier this month that a number of the naturalized foreigners are "under judicial and security suspicion"
by Georgi Azar

20 June 2018 | 19:12

Source: by Annahar

  • by Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 20 June 2018 | 19:12

This undated photo shows Samir Geagea, the leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces party, right, and his wife Strida Geagea, left, during a press conference (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces MP George Okeiss submitted an appeal on behalf of his party to the Shura Council to overturn the recent naturalization decree mired "with violations against the Lebanese identity." 

Okeiss also maintained that the appeal will seek to "completely strike down the decree instead of amending it."

The decree drew strong criticism across the board after Interior Minister Nohad Machnouq conceded earlier this month that a number of the naturalized foreigners are "under judicial and security suspicion," casting doubt on his previous assertions that all those granted citizenship were thoroughly vetted by the Internal Security Forces, INTERPOL, and judicial authorities. 

The decree, signed on May 11 and ten days before Cabinet entered its caretaker mode, granted the Lebanese nationality to Syrians and Palestinians, as well as GCC nationals and businessmen from the Americas and Europe.

Opponents of the decree accused President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, and Machnouq of succumbing to bribery while fueling the perception that citizenship, like so many other liberties Lebanon, is a privilege reserved for the wealthy.


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