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Liberia

  • J. Scott Keltie
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)

Abstract

Constitution and Government.—The Liberian Republic had its origin in the efforts of several colonisation societies of Europe and America to make permanent provision for freed American slaves. In 1822 a settlement was formed on the west coast of Africa near the spot where Monrovia now stands. On July 26, 1847, the State was constituted as the Free and Independent Republic of Liberia. The new State was first recognised by Great Britain, and ultimately by other Powers. The Constitution of the Republic is on the model of that of the United States, with trifling exceptions. The executive is vested in a President, a Vice-President, and a Council of 6 Ministers, and the legislative power in a parliament of two houses, called the Senate and the House of Representatives. The President and the House of Representatives are elected for four years, and the Senate for two years. An Amendment to the Constitution was carried in May, 1907, extending these terms to four and six years respectively. The President must be thirty-five years of age, and have real property to the value of 600 dollars, or 120l. Electors must be of negro blood, and owners of land. The natives of the country are not excluded from the franchise, but, except in the centres of civilisation, they take no part in political life. The official language of the Government is English.

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1915

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Scott Keltie
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  1. 1.The Royal Geographical SocietyUK
  2. 2.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandParisFrance
  3. 3.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandBerlinGermany
  4. 4.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandPetrogradRussia
  5. 5.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandMunichGermany
  6. 6.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandRomeItaly
  7. 7.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandLisbonPortugal
  8. 8.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandAmsterdamNetherlands
  9. 9.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandBrusselsBelgium
  10. 10.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandBuda-PestHungary
  11. 11.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandGenevaSwitzerland
  12. 12.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandNeuchatelSwitzerland
  13. 13.The Geographical Societie of ScotlandPhiladelphiaUSA
  14. 14.Commercial Geographical Society of ParisFrance

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