Weah calls for ban on foreign ownership of property

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Liberian president George Weah has called for the ban on foreign ownership on property saying it should be struck out from the constitution via referendum.

The report says Weah’s wife, Clar, has faced intense criticism for her Jamaican roots in Liberia. She was denied a passport on the grounds that she was not a Liberian citizen, the president called for restrictions on dual citizenship to also be lifted.

The new president, who said he only had a week to get his head around the job, also announced he would take a 25 percent pay cut in view of the state of the economy and the suffering of his people, who are one of the world’s poorest.

According to Weah “I am informing you today, with immediate effect, that I will reduce my salary and benefits by 25 percent,” he said to a huge cheer from the audience.

He urged lawmakers to follow his lead in a nation where deputies and senators make six-figure salaries despite a straightened budget.

 

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