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The Constitutional Council Thursday suspended Article 49 of the 2018 budget law, with legal experts anticipating the council's final decision directly after the May 6 parliamentary elections, before the body is flooded with electoral appeals. The council scheduled a second meeting on the issue for May 8 after it began studying an appeal filed by Kataeb Party leader MP Sami Gemayel against Article 49, among other articles.The suspension of the article means that the budget law will proceed normally and only Article 49 will be put on hold until a decision is issued on whether it is constitutional or not.Saade, who wrote the appeal, said she expected the council to annul Article 49 because the residency that would be granted under it exceeds the one-year validity of the 2018 budget law itself.
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