Pres. Weah Wants All Race To Own Liberian Citizenship

Published: 29/Jan/2018
Source: FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

Report by Lennart Dodoo and Henry Karmo

Monrovia – President George Manneh Weah has called for the repealing of the part of the Constitution that restricts Liberian citizenship to people of color

He also called for the consideration of dual citizenship in Liberia.

In his first annual message on Monday, Liberia’s new President described Article 12 of the Constitution is racist and discriminatory as said provision has hampered the development of the country over the years.

“I believe that we should have nothing to fear from people of other race becoming citizens,” he said.

President Weah described the issue of citizenship in Liberia as his most urgent and imperative agenda.

“Since the founding of this country in 1847, more than 170 years ago, there have been certain restrictions on citizenship and property ownership. That, in my view, has become serious impediment and progress of the country,” President Weah said.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Dual Nationality
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2018