Liberia: Senate Passes Dual Citizenship Bill

Published: 3/Oct/2019
Source: Front Page Africa (Monrovia)

Monrovia – The Senate has kept a bill seeking to set aside 15 extra seats in the Senate exclusively for women and unanimously voted to approve the reduction of terms for the President, Vice President and members of the House of Representatives and the Senate; the dual citizenship clause; and the date for Presidential Election.


According to the Senate’s version, any person, at least one of whose parents was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the person’s birth, shall be a natural-born citizen of Liberia; a natural-born citizen’s right to citizenship of Liberia is inherent and inalienable; no law shall be enacted or regulation promulgated which deprives a natural born of the Republic of his/her citizenship right; and any law or regulation which alienates or deprives a natural born of the Republic of his/her rights is null and void.

“A natural-born citizen of Liberia may hold the citizenship of another country but shall not qualify for elected positions and the following appointed positions: Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia; Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers; all heads of Autonomous Commissions, Agencies and Non-Academic/Research/Scientific Institutions and Ambassadors,” the Senate’s version said.


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Themes: Dual Nationality
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2019