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For a little over a month since being elected and installed Senator of Montserrado County, critics of Dillon have chastised him for failing to live up to a campaign promise he made to make his salary and benefits public. Until Tuesday, September 24, Sen. Dillon had always claimed of not being informed about his entitlements as Senator. Op-ed 

Liberia: Dual Citizenship Debate – a Moral and Ethical Dilemma

    By Rev. Dr. Samuel E. Vansiea Liberia was founded as a Dual Citizenship nation. In the early 1800s almost all of Africa was colonized except the land now called Liberia. The natives traded with Europeans but did not allow them to own land. They, however, agreed to share land with Negro settlers from the United States of America in the spirit of Negro solidarity. It was through the political genius of the settlers that Liberia became a sovereign state in 1847. According to The American Journal of International…

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A report in the German online, DW Akademie suggests that a number of African heads of state and high-ranking politicians who have dual citizenship themselves or roots in another country. “Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is a citizen of Somalia and the United States. Liberia’s former head of state Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has German and Liberian roots. Moise Katumbi, a leading DRC opposition politician, was an Italian citizen for 17 years. For this reason, he was banned from running in the 2018 presidential election.” Op-ed 

Dual citizenship: Creeping Xenophobia takes over Liberian Legislature

    The most controversial component of the Senate proposition deals with the issue of jobs: “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.” “It makes to coherent sagacity, to limit the right of a citizen especially a proposition that give them full rights as citizen of a…

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Op-ed 

Making Sense of Anti-Dual Citizenship in Liberia

The Editor, Let’s say all things are equal…, before, during, and now in post-Civil Wars Liberia. Which ordinary Liberian can turn down an offer when ask to board a plane or ship for the citizenship of Europe or the United States? Acceptance will be overwhelming… not because of disloyalty to “Mama Liberia”. It is simply for opportunity for better livelihood, which is beyond the reach of majority of the Liberian population. But do you know accepting such an offer is interpreted a “crime of disloyalty” to Liberia in comparison to…

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Society Arts & Leisure 

SURVEY: The Question of Dual Citizenship in Liberia

Press Release The GLobal Organization for a Better and Accountable Liberia (GLOBAL) has initiated an online survey intended to solicit views of Liberians in the homeland and the diaspora as to whether or not they support the inclusion of “Dual Citizenship” as part of the exercise to amend the constitution. There are generally two schools of thought on the question of dual citizenship. First, those who believe that Liberians residing in the diaspora mainly on account of the Civil War, and have taken up foreign citizenship, should not be compelled…

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Liberia: Why We Took Dual Citizenship Off The Agenda

By Emmanuel Wettee What Happened in Gbarnga? Within the last two years the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) conducted a nationwide consultation within the 15 counties of Liberia and diaspora Liberians regarding the amendment of some provisions within the 1986 constitution, including dual citizenship, reduction of the terms of office of the president, the National Legislature, etc. In total, 25 recommendations were prepared for the National Constitution Conference (NCC) held in Gbarnga, Bong County. The objective of NCC was to determine which of the 25 recommendations should be forwarded to the…

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Politics 

Pastor Kortu Brown: Why I Oppose Dual Citizenship

By: Pastor Kortu Brown I read with interest the Daily Observer’s Editorial of Thursday, March 05, 2015, entitled: “Dual Citizenship: Look Up and Forward, Pastor Brown – not Down and Backward” and Letters to the editor captioned: “Dual Citizenship: Liberians Everywhere Take Pastor Kortu Brown to Task” in the same publication, page 5, largely accusing me of being “stupid,” “idiot,” “playing the ethnic card,” etc. because I dared to express my VIEWS on the current debate on dual citizenship in Liberia. I also appreciated the “lecture” provided by the editorial…

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Interviews 

11 Questions: Robtel Neajai Pailey, Writer/Scholar

   Pailey is a Liberian writer/independent researcher. She has written for several publications including: the Newsweek-Daily Beast, Pambazuka News, The Guardian (UK), the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings, and the Liberian Studies Journal, amongst others. Robtel is currently pursuing her doctorate in Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Ph.D. Scholar. She is also a New Narratives Fellow. Her recent children’s book, Gbagba was released by publisher One Moore Book earlier this year. 1. You recently…

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Op-ed 

“Making The Case For Dual Citizenship In Liberia”– Dr. Kieh: A Rejoinder

    By: Bai M. Gbala Sr. The just-ended, ULAA-sponsored, Pro-Dual Citizenship Conference was a gathering of a relative handful of our fellow citizens, some of who are naturalized citizens of foreign countries and, therefore, dual citizens, a violation of our constitutional and statutory laws on dual citizenship; while others are permanent residents and applicants for naturalized citizenships of the US and other countries. Caught in the claws of existing Liberian Laws, our fellow compatriots now seek a reasonably, persuasive argument to amend the existing, constitutional provisions, amend and/or repeal…

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Making the case for dual citizenship in Liberia

      By George Klay Kieh, Jr. Globally, the issue of dual citizenship or dual nationality is not a new phenomenon. This is reflected in the fact that several countries—e.g. Australia, Belgium, Costa Rica, France, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States—have liberalized their citizenship requirements, so that dual citizenship can be accepted. Similarly, in the case of Africa, several countries like Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Lesotho, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria and Togo do recognize dual citizenship. However, in the cases…

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