1 The President of the Republic, HE Dr. George Manneh Weah, has set another record for the first time in history with the enactment of a series of iconic bills to stimulate national inclusion and the fight against bribery and corruption in the country.
3 The bills enacted into law upon the President’s attached signature include dual citizenship, which many political regimes before him shrugged off despite public outcry about its discriminatory nature.
4 The President enacted the Aliens and Nationality Law relating to Citizenship and the Restoration of Lost Citizenship Rights as a Consequence of Old Legal Provisions.
6 In addition, the bill states that those with dual citizenship will not be able to be presidents, finance ministers, central bank governors, or hold high-level positions in the national security or law enforcement sector.
7 Another landmark law is the Liberian Revenue Sharing Act which promotes decentralization and economic inclusion throughout the country.
8 It also enacted the Act to Establish the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission and to Re-establish the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Financial Intelligence Agency Act, and the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, Preventive Measures, and Proceeds of Crime Act. .
9 , An Act to protect witnesses to be known as the Witness Protection Act 2021, as well as the Whistleblower Protection Act 2021 (July 29).
10 The bills signed by President Weah at different time intervals between June and July 2022 are intended to provide adequate legal perimeters and levers in line with the changing developments in the country’s governance process.
11 Furthermore, the bills are consistent with President Weah’s legal reform initiatives intended to complement the government’s development agenda.
12 Others include an Act to ratify the Amendment to the Financing Agreement – Tree Crops Extension Project II (ICEP) between Liberia and the International Monetary Fund for Agricultural Development, an Act to ratify the loan agreement between the Republic of Liberia and the African Development Fund (Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone Project, Act to Amend the Executive Law of Liberia and to Establish the Liberian Standards Authority, and Act to Ratify the Financing Agreement (Investment, Finance and Trade Project) between the Republic of Liberia and the International Development Association enacted by President Weah is an Act to ratify the Investment and Incentives Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Liberty Investment Limited, an Act to amend the Public Law to establish the National Center for the Coordination of the Response Mechanism, and an Act to amend subsections 1,2(Q), 1,3,5, 1,4,3, 1,8,6,7,2 and 1 18.104.22.168 of an Act to further amend Part I (The Business Cor Association Act) and Part III (Companies and Limited Partnerships Laws) of the Associations Act, Title 5, Revised Law Codes of Liberia.
13 The Liberian Chief Executive also signed the Act to Approve the Reformulated National Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 to cover the expenses of the Government of Liberia, an Act to Amend and Reform Chapter 30: Associations Companies Act, Title 5, Code of Liberia Laws Revised, an Act to amend and reaffirm Chapter 31: Limited Partnerships, of the Associations Act, Title 5, Liberian Code of Laws Revised, Act to amend and reaffirm Chapter 3: Preferred Boat Mortgages and Marine Liens on Liberian Vessels, of the Liberia Maritime Act, Title 21, Liberian Code of Law Revised, and the Amendment Act of Section 10.2, 10.4 and 10.6 of Chapter 10 of the Criminal Procedure Law, Title 2 Code of Law of Liberia.
14 Liberia Revised, to establish the conditions for the time and authority to arrest.
15 An amendment to Chapter 16 of the Criminal Procedure Act to provide for plea bargaining, an act to amend section 36 of the Judiciary Act Title 17 of the Liberian Code of Laws Revised to provide for the appointment of additional relief judges for the Circuit Courts, Act to Ratify the Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments between the Republic of Liberia and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and Act to Amend Section 12.1 and 12.2 of Chapter 12 of the Criminal Procedure Act Title 2, Liberian Code of Laws Revised, and sets a new standard on preliminary examination in cases above the tribal jurisdiction of justice of the peace magistrates.