After the Lebanese Ministry of Interior and Municipalities published on its official website the naturalization decree for the first time in details and names. After the great uproar and the various objections raised by this file, the surprise of this decree was to give Lebanese citizenship to former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and his wife and family. 

It is noteworthy that the former Iraqi Prime Minister and leader of the National Coalition , Iyad Allawi, linking him to Lebanon and a close relationship, in particular , that his mother and Lebanese as well as his wife and three children.

The Lebanon Libanite website reported that in a quick check of the names mentioned in Decree No. 2942 dated May 11, 2018, acceptance of Lebanese nationality, we note that among the most prominent naturalization is former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Hashim Hussein Allawi and his wife Thanaa Hamid Hussein Al Hassounah and his sons Sarah and Najat And Hamzah of Iraqi nationality. 

In the details, this decree includes the naturalization of prominent businessmen, including Syrians from the circle close to the system, most notably Khaldoon Zu'bi, deputy chairman of the company "Aman Holding", and Mazen Morteza, the son of the Minister of Education and others. Under the decree, 375 people, mostly Syrians, Palestinians and Jordanians, are naturalized. 

The information indicates that most of the naturalized persons, owners of capital, and that the regulations of the beneficiaries of the decree, prepared in coordination with the Ministers of Interior, Nihad Almashnouk and external Gibran Bassil.

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The decree, which was published on Thursday, details the names of its beneficiaries and their nationalities, which were distributed among 103 Syrians (25.1 percent), 108 Palestinians (26.3 percent) and 200 of many other nationalities, including French, Iraqi, British, Jordanian and American, According to what was published by the agency, "Agence France-Presse." 

In this context, it is noteworthy that the Naturalization Ordinance raised a great controversy in the Lebanese political circles, especially after the disclosure of some names. This prompted the Lebanese President Michel Aoun to suspend the decree and to instruct the General Directorate of Public Security to review all the names mentioned in the decree.

Naturalization is considered a difficult subject in Lebanon, in the presence of favoritism and corruption problems. The secrecy surrounding the issuance of the decree and the refusal of the Authority to publish the names of its beneficiaries initially raised doubts about the motives behind the naturalization of these foreigners, especially at a time when thousands of people who had lived in Lebanon for decades and considered to be entitled to citizenship, Deprived of them. 

The President of the Republic shall have the power to grant Lebanese nationality alone by a decree jointly signed by the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior.