The Constitutional Council in Beirut, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Constitutional Council Monday annulled a controversial article of the 2018 budget law that afforded temporary Lebanese residency to some property owners. The council chose not to fully annul the budget law given the potential implications for the country's economy. The council convened in the morning for a second meeting dedicated to examining an appeal filed last month against several articles in the budget by the Kataeb Party.The Constitutional Council suspended Article 49 soon after the appeal was submitted.The council didn't annul the budget law as a whole despite criticism that the law contradicts Article 87 of the Constitution.
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