Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk speaks during the interview in Beirut, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Pressure mounted surrounding the controversial naturalization decree Wednesday as the Lebanese Forces filed a legal challenge and General Security was reportedly nearing an end to its investigation of those listed in the order.General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim is expected to present President Michel Aoun with his report on the naturalization decree along with his notes by the end of the week, local media reported Wednesday. Ibrahim told MTV news channel he will provide a copy to caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, with whom he discussed two controversial matters Wednesday afternoon: the naturalization decree and the Iranian passport stamp issue. The decree in question was signed by Aoun, the prime minister and the interior minister in May, granting Lebanese citizenship to over 400 people, of 20 different nationalities.The minister also responded to local media reports saying General Security was going to remove 50 names from the decree.The LF challenge came hours before Ibrahim met with Machnouk and days after the Progressive Socialist Party also formally appealed the decree.
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