Justice Minister Salim Jreissati arrives at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Two political parties announced Friday they would challenge a new naturalization decree granting 375 people Lebanese citizenship, as the justice minister leaped to the defense of the government.An LF source said the party's legal team was fully prepared to take all legal steps needed to strike down the decree.A prominent Beirut lawyer told The Daily Star that if caretaker ministers had signed the decree, it would be enough to annul it in its entirety."If I did, I wouldn't have done it because one, it would make it even more wrong than it already is for me to request citizenship in such a way, and two, I don't have money to throw around like that," the source said in an online message to The Daily Star.It was unclear whether their name was listed in the decree.
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