Gemayel Calls for 'Painful' and 'Rescuing' Reforms in Lebanon

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Gemayel Calls for 'Painful' and 'Rescuing' Reforms in Lebanon

Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Tuesday met with President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace, with talks focusing on the controversial naturalization decree that was inked lately by the head of state.

Following the meeting, Gemayel hoped that the decree would be revoked, saying that it is riddled with flaws.

“The President’s prerogatives must not be questioned. He promised us to mull over the naturalization decree and to take practical steps to fix it,” he said.

The Kataeb chief stressed that the current phase requires exceptional actions and bold decisions, outlining the need for reforms that would be both "painful" to the political class and "rescuing" to the people so as to pull the country out of the economic stalemate it is stuck in.

“We will continue to speak the truth despite criticism because it is the only way to raise awareness to the gravity of this crisis,” he affirmed.

Gemayel pointed out that challenging the naturalization decree may not bring guaranteed results, adding that the Kataeb party has found it more reassuring to discuss this issue directly with President Aoun.

“We hope for a quick formation of the government, however, the focal point of the meeting was the naturalization decree. As for the government, it is Aoun and PM Hariri’s business,” Gemayel asserted.

"The ball is now in the President's court," he stated.

Gemayel was accompanied by Kataeb's Deputy-President Salim Sayegh and his top adviser Fouad Abu Nader.