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Lebanon denies news that the Baabda Palace prepared a decree to naturalize 4,000 people

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The Information Office of the Presidency of the Lebanese Republic denied a news broadcast by the local MTV channel, about the preparation of the Baabda Palace for a decree to naturalize 4,000 people.

The Information Office of the Presidency of the Republic said in a statement on Saturday evening, “The (MTV) television station broadcast in its news bulletin “Saturday”, a fabricated news about the preparation of the Baabda Palace a decree to naturalize 4,000 people, and questions were raised about the objectives of this alleged decree.

The statement added, “The Presidency’s Information Office confirms that what was broadcast by the aforementioned station is baseless, knowing that the Presidency’s Information Office denied false information published by the French magazine (Liberation) about the same fabricated news.”

The media office of the caretaker prime minister, Najib Mikati, denied in a Friday statement that a naturalization decree was being prepared, and the Presidency of the Republic’s media office denied the information reported by the French newspaper “Liberation” about the “selling” of Lebanese passports to non-Lebanese.

The Minister of Interior and Municipalities in the caretaker government, Judge Bassam Mawlawi, confirmed, in a Friday statement, that he was “not concerned at all with everything that was mentioned about a new naturalization decree, and the ministry did not take any action regarding any draft decree.”