Can someone that has citizenship?

in two countries become president? Obama has citizenship in America and Kenya.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    No Obama does NOT have citizenship in Kenya. According to the Kenyan constitution an individual is not allowed to have dual citizenship.

    From Unfit for Publication, which can be found on Obama's fight the smears site:

    "Kenya Does Not Allow Dual Citizenship Applications for People Over 21 Years of Age. The U.S. Office of

    Personnel Management writes of Kenya, “DUAL CITIZENSHIP: Not recognized except for persons under 21

    years old.” The Kenyan Constitution writes, “A person who, but for the proviso to section 87 (1), would be a

    citizen of Kenya by virtue of that subsection shall be entitled, upon making application before the specified date

    in such manner as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament, to be registered as a citizen of Kenya:

    Provided that a person who has not attained the age of twenty-one years (other than a woman who is or has been

    married) may not himself make an application under this subsection, but an application may be made on his

    behalf by his parent or guardian.”

    Even if Obama Had Applied for Dual Citizenship Before He Was 21—Which He Did Not—It Would

    Have Expired. ”A person who, upon the attainment of the age of twenty-one years, is a citizen of Kenya and

    also a citizen of some other country other than Kenya shall, subject to subsection (7), cease to be a citizen of

    Kenya upon the specified date unless he has renounced his citizenship of that other country, taken the oath of

    allegiance and, in the case of a person who was born outside Kenya, made and registered such declaration of his

    intentions concerning residence as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.”

  • 1 decade ago

    Requirements for being President are in the Constitution.

    * be a natural-born citizen of the United States;

    * be at least thirty-five years old;

    * have been a permanent resident in the United States for at least fourteen years.

    Nothing is said about dual citizenship disqualifying someone from the office.

  • wende
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    it really is incorrect, in the experience that they don't persist with the immigration rules how will we think to have them persist with the different rules? unlawful is illegitimate era and could not be rewarded noticeably at the same time as there are human beings in international places global huge waiting years on lists to get into our united states the criminal way. Giving citizenship will in trouble-free terms inspire extra unlawful immigrants. the acceptable component you ought to do is contact your congressman and senator and voice your opinion. the difficulty is too a lot of human beings sit again and whinge about it yet do not do something useful to make their voice heard. at the same time as the illegals take to the streets in protests.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He is a natural of the United States and has been living in this country for the past 14 years straight. He meets the necessary requirements.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The only two criteria are that you are an american and where born on american ground.

    You should question weather McCain can become president since he was born in some hospital in the panama canal. So if the senate was really strict McCain should not be allowed to beome president.

  • 1 decade ago

    are you sure he has citizenship in Kenya? Anyway, sure why would that be a problem

  • 1 decade ago

    from Kenya constitution

    He is not a citizen of Kenya (and shows no history of trying to be)

    Nor is he eligible (which he has shown no desire to be)

    7. Dual citizenship

    1. A person who, upon the attainment of the age of twenty-one years, is a citizen of Kenya and also a citizen of some country other than Kenya shall, subject to subsection (7), cease to be a citizen of Kenya upon the specified date unless he has renounced his citizenship of that other country, taken the oath of allegiance and, in the case of a person who was born outside Kenya. made and registered such declaration of his intentions concerning residence as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

    2. * A person who

    1. has attained the age of twenty-one years before 12th December, 1963; and

    2. becomes a citizen of Kenya on that day by virtue of section 87; and

    3. is immediately after that day also a citizen of some country other than Kenya.

    shall subiect to subsection (7), cease to be a citizen of Kenya upon the specified date unless he has renounced his citizenship of that other country. taken the oath of allegiance and. in the case of a person who is a citizen of Kenya by virtue of section 87 (2), made and registered such decIaration of his intentions concerning residence as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

    3. A citizen of Kcnya shall, subject to subsection (7). cease to be such a citizen if-

    1. having attained the age of twenty-one years, he acquires the citizenship of some country other than Kenya by voluntary act (other than marriage); or

    2. having attained the age of twenty-one years. hc otherwise acquires the dtizenship of some country other than Kenya and has not. by the specified date. renounced his citizenship of that other country, taken the oath of allegiance and made and registered such declaration of his intentions concerning residence as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

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    of 11 replies... 9 of them took your question at complete face value, or swapped it out to comment on McCains citizenship. Your original statement that Obama HAS citizenship in Kenya.. was totally false, since it is prohibited by Kenyan law.

    Not a slam on you.. but completely indicative of how many arguments on here, are based in situations that do not even exist. Worse.. people don't bother to research.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, dual citizenship doesn't prevent you from running for president.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They obviously can because the democrats have allowed him to run for president. I am sure that if this is a problem the government will make it a "not so important" problem.

  • 1 decade ago

    McShame was born in Panama.

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