A handout picture released by the Lebanese Parliament shows a general view of a parliamentary session in the Lebanese capital Beirut on November 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / HO / LEBANESE PARIAMENT
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Parliament, meeting for the first time in more than a year, approved a raft of draft laws Thursday, including a law allowing foreigners of Lebanese origin to get citizenship, a food safety law and a bill bolstering the Army's infrastructure.Parliament convened in a morning session attended by 100 lawmakers to discuss and endorse 42 urgent draft laws on its agenda, including the World Bank's $600 million in soft loans. Lawmakers passed in two sessions 23 draft laws, the most important of which is the citizenship bill, a major demand of the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces. However, the evening session was marred by news of twin suicide explosions that killed at least 43 people and wounded nearly 200 in the southern Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh, prompting Speaker Nabih Berri to adjourn the session to Friday. The country's three main Christian parties have threatened to boycott the Parliament session because its agenda excluded an electoral draft law.During the morning sessions, some 20 draft laws were approved, including a food safety bill.
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