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Amendment secession fails over dual citizenship

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Some citizens action at the Capitol Building at Capitol Hill, Monrovia
Some citizens action at the Capitol Building at Capitol Hill, Monrovia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Ongoing debate on the amendment of the Alien and Nationality Law at the National Legislature failed to take place Tuesday, May 22, 2018 due to lack of understanding on the origin of the instrument by some senators.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator Varney Sherman failed to facilitate the process across the floor because the aggrieved senators expressed skepticism on the origin of the instrument.

Senator Sherman later explained that the amendment to the Alien and Nationality Law originated from a communication that emanated from the Judiciary Committee sent to the Plenary of the Senate on January 18, 2018.

The proposed amendment to the Alien and Nationality Law is seeking to grant dual citizenship to Liberians who are residents or citizens of countries elsewhere in the Diaspora.

The proceedings took place at Tuesday’s section at Capitol Hill, Monrovia, where the Senators had tense verbal exchanges but later constituted themselves into committee on Judiciary.

 


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