Lebanon News

Berri calls for session on citizenship law

File- Berri presides over a session of the joint parliamentary committees.

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri called for a session of the joint parliamentary committees next week to examine a draft law to allow grandchildren of Lebanese paternal grandfathers to apply for citizenship.

The session would be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Under the current law, expatriates can only receive citizenship from their father.

Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s Cabinet in 2011 approved a draft law allowing Lebanese expatriates who were born abroad and only have the citizenship of the country of their birth to apply for Lebanese citizenship as well.

Under Lebanese law, women cannot pass on citizenship to their spouse or children.

The latest draft law would help Lebanese expatriates take part in future Lebanese parliamentary elections by voting at Lebanese embassies abroad.

The number of Lebanese living outside the country is thought to at least double the number of citizens living inside.





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