Head of the Constitutional Council Issam Sleiman speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Lebanese Constitutional Council rejected appeals concerning the proposed rent bill law, stating that the law has to be in effect to be considered.In a majority vote, the council decided that it cannot discuss the two appeals that it has received about the law. The draft law has been at the center of controversy since it was proposed by the Cabinet two years ago, with tenants saying it would displace thousands of families who pay rent in Beirut under an old law governing lease contracts enacted before 1993 .
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