MORE LIBERIANS TO ACQUIRE LIBERIA PASSPORTS

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The Ministry of Justice has written communication to Foreign Affairs Minister Dee Maxwell Kemeyah informing him that, the Supreme Court of Liberia in agreement to a ruling and judgment delivered on December 23, 2019, declared sections 22.1 and 22.2 of the Allen and Nationality Law, title 4 of the Liberian Code of Law Revised, approved May 15, 1973, and published is unconstitutional to the extent that, it does not provide for due process before the loss of Liberian citizenship.

According to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean Jr.’s letter to Minister Kemeyah on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, sections 22.1 and 22.2 apply to Liberian citizens by birth, who obtained naturalization in a foreign country. Liberian citizens who undertake anyone or more of the acts described in section 22.1 do not lose Liberian citizenship, without the institution of court proceeding to cancel such citizenship.

The communication expressed that the automatic loss of Liberian citizenship, without resort to any judicial proceeding to cancel said is declared unconstitutional.

The letter signed by Justice Minister Cllr. Frank Musa Dean Jr. informed the Foreign Ministry to ensure that the implementers of the revised regulation to govern the administration and issuance of Liberian passports take due note.

The Justice Ministry letter implies that, as a natural-born Liberian (BORN IN LIBERIA), one citizenship cannot be revoked unless through a court process. The letter issued has raised speculation in the public that, this is the way of welcoming dual citizenship and some Liberians around the world are even celebrating that dual citizenship has been endorsed.

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