President Michel Aoun speaks in Baabda, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Aoun has signed a controversial decree granting citizenship some 350 people, multiple sources confirmed to The Daily Star Thursday.While it is not uncommon for outgoing presidents to sign naturalization decrees, Aoun diverged by doing so halfway through his second year.The political source said that this naturalization decree would be followed by other similar decrees during Aoun's tenure.One of the candidates who is set to gain Lebanese citizenship agreed that the latest naturalization decree was controversial.They argued the decree would be issued "without problems," and also downplayed reports that suggested it was illegal and might be challenged before the Constitutional Council for allegedly being issued under a caretaker government.If someone wants to appeal the decree, yet another source said, they have to prove the decree has had a negative effect, including but not limited to non-material damage.
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