Jumblatt agreed to withdraw Palestinian rights bill


Central News Agency ( CNA) has reported that MP Walid Jumblatt has agreed to withdraw his bill ( that grants Palestinians civil rights and allows them to buy property in Lebanon) in favor of a humanitarian bill that was worked out between al Mustqbal , March 14 Secretariat and and the Lebanese Forces that will grant the Palestinians the right to work in Lebanon.

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt

The new humanitarian bill was formulated following discussions with Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir , former PM Fouad Siniora and Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel and was also approved by Speaker Nabih Berri and MP Michel Aoun.

MP Nuhad Mashnouk has been commuting between Jumblatt, Aoun and Berri to get consensus on the new bill.

during an interview with CNA Mashnouk said : we have reached consensus on a bill that will grant the Palestinians the right to work on condition that this action will not add any burden to the state of Lebanon ( either through social security, subsidies or through any other funds).

Mashnouk added ” the international community should bear some responsibility in this regard”

Mashnouk also confirmed that discussions are ongoing between all the concerned groups over granting Palestinians the right to own property in Lebanon

Mashnouk also confirmed that Jumblatt has agreed to withdraw his bill.

Last month , during an extraordinary session of the parliament the Progressive Socialist Party leader proposed a bill that grants Palestinian refugees in Lebanon civil rights and allows them to own property. The bill was referred by Speaker Nabih Berri to the administrative and justice committee to study and submit recommendation to parliament .

Hezbollah and Amal MPs voted in favor of the bill, while the Phalange party , Lebanese Forces and Change and Reform blocs voted against it.