Liberia: Welcoming the Dual citizenship bill

Published: 23/May/2022
Source: The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Editorial: At long last, both the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate have separately agreed to enact the Dual Citizenship bill into law that would allow Diaspora Liberians, who hold citizenships of foreign countries, to maintain their Liberian citizenship.

The bill in question seeks to amend Part 3, Chapter 20, Sections 20.1, and 20.52 and Chapter 22, Sections 20.2, 20.3 and 20.4 respectively of the Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia to provide for dual citizenship.

We believe the 54th Liberian Legislature members’ decision is welcome news, for Liberians both at home and abroad. It would provide diaspora Liberians an opportunity for greater engagement and involvement at home amid their ties abroad.

This bill should have been passed during December 8, 2020, Special Senatorial Election, but the debate was heavily politicized to the extent that it was defeated in the national referendum along with other vital issues such as the reduction of tenures for the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives, among others.

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Themes: Dual Nationality
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2022