Future bloc calls for new law that regulates naturalization and allows Lebanese women to grant citizenship to their children

The Future Parliamentary Bloc held on Tuesday afternoon a meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, at the Center House.At the end of the meeting, MP Tarek Merehbi read the following statement:"The meeting focused on the ...

The Future Parliamentary Bloc held on Tuesday afternoon a meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, at the Center House.

At the end of the meeting, MP Tarek Merehbi read the following statement:

"The meeting focused on the developments regarding the government situation and the stances that accompanied the announcement of the decree granting Lebanese nationality to some persons.

First, the bloc discussed some of the political tensions accompanying the ongoing consultations to form the government, and saw in them a natural expression of the positions of the blocs less than two weeks after the designation, and an extension of the atmosphere of the parliamentary elections and their results. These tensions do not surpass the usual ones in the formation of governments, and are still within the acceptable range of the give-and-take process between the concerned forces.

The bloc emphasized the soundness of the orientations adopted by Prime Minister Hariri to overcome any possible obstacles hindering the formation and his call for awareness of the economic and social challenges facing Lebanon and the need to avoid tensions that waste time and unnecessary delay the process of formation.

The bloc emphasized that the consensus of the various parties on the importance of reaching a comprehensive government formula that addresses these challenges responsibly, must encourage them to facilitate the task of the Prime Minister-designate, to reduce the conditions, and to launch a serious ministerial workshop that would be up to the Lebanese people's aspirations and the international community's expectations from Lebanon and its constitutional institutions, to implement the results of the support conferences.

Second, the bloc regretted some of the reactions and stances that accompanied the announcement of the naturalization decree. It considered the publication of many misleading and incorrect information about the naturalization list and the inclusion of names that did not originally appear in the proposed decree, non-innocent attempts to impede the discussions to form the government and move the attention away from them to undermine the credibility of the presidency of the Republic and the government in dealing with the issue of naturalization.

The bloc expressed its appreciation for the action taken by His Excellency the President of the Republic to postpone the publication of the names concerned by the naturalization, while waiting for the additional verification of these names and their innocence from any accusation that contravenes Lebanese laws and the requirements for granting citizenship. The bloc stressed that the experiences of granting the Lebanese citizenship and the questioning campaigns that accompanied them over the past years require working on the preparation of a special law that does not violate the constitutional right of the president to grant citizenship to those he deems fit, and regulates the process in the context of the national interest and the legal and human rights of those entitled.

In this regard, the bloc emphasizes the priority of working to include in the draft law articles related to the right of Lebanese women married to Arabs or foreigners to grant citizenship to their children. This will put an end to the injustice suffered by thousands of Lebanese mothers who are denied the right to transmit their nationality to their sons and daughters."

Source: National News Agency