Sayegh: President Promised Action on Naturalization Decree

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Sayegh: President Promised Action on Naturalization Decree

Kataeb's Deputy-President Salim Sayegh on Friday stressed that the party's interest in daily life issues was not new, blasting the "sickening" situation that the country is going through due to continuous scandals.

"The deal which secured the election of Michel Aoun as president turned out to be fragile; it has brought along a formula of dominion, rather than reform," Sayegh said in an interview on Future TV.

"The country will not survive if we continue with the same mindset. The elections have been a nuisance as it widened the rift between people and the ruling class," he said.

Sayegh criticized attempts to show the Kataeb party as striving for power, deeming them as part of what the parliamentary elections couldn’t accomplish, and that is to marginalize and downsize the party.

Sayegh reminded that it was MP Nadim Gemayel who shed the light on the controversial naturalization decree, noting that the Kataeb party was the first to speak up against it.

“We were the ones who exposed the naturalization decree scandal, thus driving the President to freeze it and to ask the General Security chief to vet the names included in it. Therefore, we have considered that this issue requires patience to see the outcome,” Sayegh noted.

“This is one of the few decrees which the President still has the sole authority to decide on. Challenging it would lead to questioning the few remaining powers the President possesses,” he pointed out.

“There are two ways to handle this file: the legal one which consists in challenging the decree, and the political one,” Sayegh said.

"We visited President Aoun and told him that the decree is unacceptable. He promised to strip suspicious individuals of the Lebanese citizenship by issuing another decree. This would be an achievement."

“The Kataeb party has chosen the reasonable political course of action. We will confront this decree as we have done previously with Palestinian naturalization,” Sayegh emphasized.