Cabinet Approves: Born Abroad, yet Lebanese

14Dec11

Lebanon’s Cabinet approved today a draft law, presented by Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, allowing Lebanese expatriates who were born abroad holding only citizenship of the country of birth, to apply for Lebanese citizenship if any of their father and/or grandfather are Lebanese.

I imagine thorough verification on the part of the government but such measures are long awaited, and surely be fruitful to Lebanon.

The latest draft, to be discussed in Parliament, would help Lebanese expatriates potentially take part in future Lebanese parliamentary elections via Lebanese Embassies abroad.

Lebanese MP Neamatallah Abi Nasr proposed a similar law back in 2004 and was not approved in Parliament.

“Every [male] Lebanese named in the census survey of 1921 and 1924 or who lost his citizenship under the 1932 general census can [as of today] claim citizenship for him and his children,” Abi Nasr said this December, 2011.

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