Liberia: Aliens & Nationality Law under scrutiny as lawmakers submit bill

Published: 5/Nov/2021
Source: New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: About 30 lawmakers from the House of Representatives have co-signed a bill and submitted the same before the House requesting the amendment or the repeal of parts of the country’s Aliens and Nationality Law.

The bill requesting the amendment or repeal of some parts of the Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia is headed by Montserrado County District #8 Representative, Acarous Moses Gray.

Rep. Gray in the letter before the House of Representatives he had given “due consideration to the spirit and intent of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.”

“It is against this backdrop that I humbly submit to you, Honorable Speaker and Distinguished Colleagues, for legislative enactment consideration by way of amendment and or repealing of the existing law through a proposed Bill titled, “An Act to Amend Part III, Chapter 20, Section 20.1; Chapter 21, Sections 21.30, 21.31, 21.51 & 21.52 and Chapter 22, Sections 22.1, 22.1 & 22.4 of the Aliens and Nationality Law of the Liberian Code of Law Revised, Vol. II.”

Gray is the Chairman of the House’s Committee on Executive. He and his co-signees believe that the amendment or repeal of certain parts of this law will satisfy the constitutional provision in Article 2 of the 1986 Liberian Constitution, which states, “… Any laws, treaties, statutes, decrees customs and regulations found to be inconsistent with it shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void and of no legal effect…”

The bill, which is being backed by 30 other lawmakers as co-sponsors including Deputy Speaker Jonathan Fonati Koffa, was submitted on Friday, October 29, and read on the House’s floor on Tuesday, November 2nd.  It was later forwarded to the Committee on Judiciary to report back to Plenary within one week.

Gray, an official of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of President George Weah, is the “Chief Sponsor” of the Bill for the amendment.

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Themes: Dual Nationality
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2021