CHAPTER VI: THE EXECUTIVE

Article 50
The Executive Power of the Republic shall be vested in the President who shall be Head of State,
Head of Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia. The president
shall be elected by universal adult suffrage of registered voters in the Republic and shall hold
office for a term of six years commencing at noon on the third working Monday in January of the
year immediately following the elections. No person shall serve as President for more than two
terms.

Article 51
There shall be a Vice–President who shall assist the President in the discharge of his functions.
The Vice–President shall be elected on the same political ticket and shall serve the same term as
the President. The Vice–President shall be President of the Senate and preside over its
deliberations without the right to vote, except in the case of a tie vote. He shall attend meetings of
the cabinet and other governmental meetings and shall perform such functions as the President
shall delegate or deem appropriate; provided that no powers specifically vested in the President
by the provisions of this Constitution shall be delegated to the Vice–President.

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.

Article 53
a) The President and the Vice–President shall, before entering on the execution of the duties of
their respective offices, take a solemn oath or affirmation to preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution and laws of the Republic and faithfully execute the duties of the office. The oath or
affirmation shall be administered in joint convention of both Houses of the Legislature by the
Chief Justice or, in his absence, the most senior Associate Justice.
b) In an emergency where the Chief Justice and the Associate Justice are not available, such
oath or affirmation shall be administered by a judge of a subordinate court of record.

Article 54
The President shall nominate and, with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission a)
cabinet ministers, deputy and assistant cabinet ministers;
b) ambassadors, ministers, consuls; and
c) the Chief Justice and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and judges of subordinate
courts;
d) superintendents, other county officials and officials of other political sub-divisions;
e) members of the military from the rank of lieutenant of its equivalent and above; and
f) marshals, deputy marshals, and sheriffs.

Article 55
The President shall appoint and commission Notaries Public and Justices of the Peace who shall
hold office for a term of two years but may be removed by the President for cause. They shall be
eligible for appointment.

Article 56
a) All cabinet ministers, deputy and assistant cabinet ministers, ambassadors, ministers and
consuls, superintendents of counties and other government officials, both military and civilian,
appointed by the President pursuant to this Constitution shall hold their offices at the pleasure of
the President.
b) There shall be elections of Paramount, Clan and Town Chiefs by the registered voters in their
respective localities, to serve for a term of six years. They may be re-elected and may be
removed only by the President for proved misconduct. The Legislature shall enact laws to provide
for their qualifications as may be required.

Article 57
The President shall have the power to conduct the foreign affairs of the Republic and in that
connection he is empowered to conclude treaties, conventions and similar international
agreements with the concurrence of a majority of each House of the Legislature.

Article 58
The President shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the
administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall once a year report to the
Legislature on the state of the Republic. In presenting the economic condition of the Republic the
report shall cover expenditure as well as income.

Article 59
The President may remit any public forfeitures and penalties suspend and fines and sentences,
grant reprieves and pardons, and restore civil rights after conviction for all public offenses, except
impeachment.

Article 60
The President and the Vice–President shall receive salaries which shall be determined by the
Legislature and be paid by the Republic. Such salaries shall be subject to taxes as defined by law
and shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which the President and the
Vice–President shall have elected.

Article 61
The President shall be immune from any suits, actions or proceedings, judicial or otherwise, and
from arrest, detention or other actions on account of any act done by him while President of
Liberia pursuant to any provision of this Constitution or any other laws of the Republic. The
President shall not, however, be immune from prosecution upon removal from office for the
commission of any criminal act done while President.

Article 62
The President and the Vice–President may be removed from office by impeachment for treason,
bribery and other felonies, violation of the Constitution or gross misconduct.

Article 63
a) Whenever a person elected to the office of President dies or is otherwise incapacitated before
being inaugurated into office, the Vice–President elected shall succeed to the office of President,
and this accession shall commence a term.

b) Whenever the office of the President shall become vacant by reason of death, resignation,
impeachment, or the President shall be declared incapable of carrying out the duties and
functions of his office, the Vice–President shall succeed to the of the President to complete the
unexpired term. In such a case, this not constitute a term.

c) The Legislature shall, no later than one year after the coming into force of this Constitution,
prescribe the guidelines and determine the procedure under which the President, by reason of
illness, shall be declared incapable of carrying out the functions of his office.

d) Whenever the office of the Vice–President becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation,
impeachment, inability or otherwise, the President shall, without delay, nominate a candidate
who, with the concurrence of both Houses of the Legislature, shall be sworn in and hold office as
Vice–President until the next general elections are held. Whenever the Vice–President elect dies,
resigns, or is incapacitated before being inaugurated, the President elected on the same ticket
with him, shall, after being inaugurated into office, nominate without delay a candidate who, with
the concurrence of both Houses of the Legislature, shall be sworn in an hold office as Vice–
President until the next general elections are held.

Article 64
Whenever the office of the President and of the Vice–President shall become vacant by reason of
removal, death, resignation, inability or other disability of the President and Vice–President, the
Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be sworn in as Acting President until the holding
of elections to fill the vacancies so created. Should the Speaker be legally incapable or otherwise
unable to assume the office of Acting President, then the same shall devolve in order upon the
Deputy speaker and members of the Cabinet in the order of precedence as established by law.
The Elections Commission shall within ninety days conduct elections for a new President and a
new Vice–President.

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