- President George Weah says Liberia's citizenship clause is unnecessary and inappropriate for the country
- Weah notes that restricting citizenship to black people in the country is bad for economic development
- He promises to deliver on the mandate given to him by the Liberian people
Liberian President George Weah said on Monday, January 29, he would seek to remove a “racist” clause in the country’s constitution that restricts citizenship to black people, and promises to cut his salary as the economic situation of the nation demands.
In 1847, Liberia was founded by freed slaves from the United States, who effected the requirement into the constitution to create “a refuge and a haven for freed men of colour.”
Weah noted in his first address to the nation that he believed this restriction was unnecessary, racist, and inappropriate for the place that Liberia occupies today in the comity of nations. He said that such restriction was unfit for Liberia's economic growth.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that as former football star, George Weah, was sworn in on Monday, January 22, as Liberia's 24th president, he promised to tackle Liberia's economic and social problems.
Since his election, Weah had promised Liberians five important things his administration will work assiduously to achieve.
The former president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was constantly criticised for failing to tackle endemic corruption among public officials. In his inaugural speech, Weah said that voters had specifically tasked him on fighting corruption.
He said: “I believe the overwhelming mandate that I received from the Liberian people is a mandate to end corruption in public service. I promise to deliver on this mandate.
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