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Lawmakers Monday endorsed a landmark law creating a national commission to investigate the whereabouts of thousands of Lebanese citizens forcibly disappeared during the Civil War (1975-90), in a legislative session that saw MPs churn through draft bills.The law on the forcibly disappeared saw a divisive debate in Parliament, with many MPs registering objections, including specifically to Article 37 .Progressive Socialist Party MP Akram Chehayeb said the bill could lead to increased political strife in the country.PSP MP Bilal Abdullah warned that the article could lead to the indictment of ministers, MPs and officials.When Future MP Hadi Hobeish objected to extra spending on the commission, MP Paula Yacoubian hit back that "a million dollars" to clear the minds of families with missing loved ones was worth it.The session, headed by Speaker Nabih Berri, ran from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a roughly three-hour break in the afternoon.Berri referred another seven back to parliamentary committees for further study.When speaking of the extra spending, MP Hasan Fadlallah noted that, instead of long-term policies, the state left matters up to the last minute when conditions were so bad that Parliament had no choice but to endorse bills.Contrary to custom, the session was calm on the political front, likely because Berri had asked MPs to avoid speaking about the Cabinet formation crisis, well into its sixth month.
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