MP Ibrahim Kanaan speaks during a press conference at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (The Daily Star/Ali Fawaz, HO)
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Free Patriotic Movement MP Ibrahim Kanaan said Thursday that lawmakers should amend a controversial section of the 2018 budget that grants Lebanese residency to foreigners who own valuable assets in the country. Article 50 of the recently passed budget, some critics say, could provide an avenue for thousands of Syrian refugees with the financial means to stay in Lebanon indefinitely. The law would lead to dramatic "demographic change" in Lebanon as it allows foreigners who can afford to do so to choose to reside in Lebanon permanently, the Christian-affiliated ORA Union said in a statement.Among those who openly criticized the law as a potential gateway for Syrian refugees was Kataeb party leader Sami Gemayel, who spoke against the budget article Wednesday.
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