President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Sirleaf Supports Dual Citizenship
By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA
MONROVIA, January 26 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging the National Legislature to grant persons of Liberian descent the right to dual citizenship.
President Sirleaf argued that the recommendation is consistent with the Constitutions and practice that prevail in majority of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
She also called on members of the legislature to grant citizens their hearts’ desire by reducing the terms of office of the president, vice president and members of the legislature.
“I am convinced that coming out of the robust Vision 2030 consultations, it is the people’s will to reduce these terms and I urge you to consider the wishes of the people,” Sirleaf emphasized.
The Liberian leader also admonished lawmakers to always be mindful that the nation can progress if citizens learn from past experiences and those that can be used to better design Liberia and sketch the roadmap for collective enhancement.
“As a people, we must move forward with the times, honor our international obligations, conduct ourselves appropriately in the community of nations, and reciprocate the level of acceptance that our nationals receive in foreign lands,” she emphasized.
President Sirleaf made the call in her state of the nation address in the joint chambers of the National Legislature Monday evening during which she challenged citizens not to continue the race-based discriminatory provisions of the constitution.
The Liberian leader has meanwhile urged legislators to adopt changes consistent with advancements in the global community, adding, “I urge you to propose amendments that would allow any person who meets required standards to become a citizen of Liberia, irrespective of race.”