Activists protest in front of the Constitutional Council in Beirut, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
BEIRUT: The Constitutional Council suspended Thursday a law that sought to appoint Justice Ministry employees as public notaries.
The decision came after several lawmakers challenged the bill.
The council said President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Tammam Salam would be informed about the decision and that it would be published in the Official Gazette.
A group of existing public notaries argued the appointments were inconsist, especially the hiring process, which they said was a flagrant violation of the Constitution.
They said the law violated employment equality requirements, as it created a special exam specifically for the 45 ministry employees and ignored the fact that some candidates were over the age limit prescribed.
The ministry employees have been working as acting public notaries to temporarily replace notaries on holiday or unable to work.
The normal rule says that anyone holding a law degree and aged between 25 and 44 can become a public notary so long as they pass the Justice Ministry examination.
Some of the 45 candidates have already taken the normal exam and failed, while others that passed were older than 44.
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