What does it take to be President of Liberia? From Liberia’s 1984 Constitution:
Article 52 No person shall be eligible to hold the office of President or Vice President, unless that person is:
a) a natural born Liberian citizen of not less than 35 years of age;
b) the owner of unencumbered real property valued at not less than twenty five thousand dollars; and
c) resident in the Republic ten years prior to his election, provided that the President and the Vice President shall not come from the same County.
And what constitutes a natural born citizen of Liberia?
Article 28 Any person, at least one of whose parents was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the person’s birth, shall be a citizen of Liberia; provided that any such person shall upon reaching maturity renounce any other citizenship acquired by virtue of one parent being a citizen of another country. No citizen of the Republic shall be deprived of citizenship or nationality except as provided by law; and no person shall be denied the right to change citizenship or nationality.
Oh, but you say, Article 28 doesn’t use the phrase “natural born citizen” but just describes a citizen at birth. No difference, according to one of the framers of the Liberian Constitution.
The question of interest in Liberia is about the definition of “prior,” whether the 10-year residency requirement means “immediately prior” or at any time. This is an issue because political instability in Liberia has forced many to live in exile.