The foreign ministry building in Beirut, Thursday, May 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Lebanese Foreign Ministry is facing criticism for barring married women from sitting exams for a new intake of civil servants, the result of a several years' delay in ratifying an amendment to a 1971 law. The controversy was a result of an announcement on the Civil Service Council website on June 29 that exams would be held on Aug. 26 to fill 26 vacant Grade 3 posts in the Foreign Ministry. The decision, the announcement read, is based on Paragraph 4 of Article 12 of a draft law issued in a decree released in 1971, numbered 1306 .This issue raised by Paragraph 4 has previously been criticized by women's rights organizations, which prompted Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in 2015 to sign a draft law aimed at amending the ministry's organizational system.
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