The Constitutional Council in Beirut, Friday, July 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Constitutional Council rejected a challenge filed by MPs of Walid Jumblatt's bloc Thursday against a nationality law, rebuffing their argument that it was unfair.Jumblatt's MPs argued that the bill was unfair because it barred people of Lebanese origin who are now nationals of states that split from the Ottoman Empire from getting the Lebanese nationality.However, the council rejected the argument, noting that these people, whose ancestors were nationals of the Ottoman Empire, already have their right to a nationality from a state which split from this empire, unlike people who would benefit from this law. The Constitutional Council determined that since the bill did not discriminate between individuals subject to different legal jurisdictions, it could not be deemed unconstitutional. The Foreign Ministry claimed that the challenge was a political maneuver aimed at barring people of Lebanese origin from obtaining their nationality.
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