Saturday, April 3, 2021

Liberians reject Weah plan for shorter terms, dual citizenship

 Liberians have rejected plans to shorten presidential terms and to allow dual citizenship, the country's electoral commission said Thursday, announcing referendum results delayed for months over allegations of fraud.


The West African nation went to the polls in mid-December for a constitutional referendum proposed by President George Weah, 54, who had argued against politicians staying in office for too long.

But his proposal for presidents and lower house lawmakers to serve five years instead of six, and for senators to serve seven years instead of nine, sparked suspicion in Liberia.

Rumours surfaced that Weah could use the changes to bid for a third term, despite a two-term limit for presidents.

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