Natural-born-citizen clause

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Countries where the president must be a natural-born citizen

A natural-born-citizen clause, if present in the constitution of a country, requires that its president or vice president be a natural born citizen. The constitutions of a number of countries contain such a clause, but there is no universally accepted meaning for the term.

Nations that have the requirement[edit]


As of Article 89 of the Albanian Constitution sets the following qualifications for holding the presidency, to be a natural-born citizen of the Albanian Republic, to be at least forty years old and to be a resident in the Republic of Albania for at least ten years.[1][2]


Article 110 of the 2010 Constitution provides that "Natural born Angolan citizens of over 35 years of age, living in the country for the last 10 years, and enjoying full civil and political rights shall be eligible to the post of President of the Republic."[3]


Section 90 of the Argentine Constitution establishes the requirements for becoming president. The President must be a natural-born citizen of the country


In order to be able to run for office, a candidate must be a Belarusian citizen by birth that is over thirty-five years old. The candidate must also reside within the republic for ten years and able to cast a ballot legally. The provisions are set down in Article 80 of the Constitution.[4]


Article 14, Section III (3) of the Constitution requires a candidate to be:[5]

  • Born in Brazil, or a native citizen.
  • Eligible to vote.
  • Registered to vote.
  • Living in electoral district.
  • Member of a political party.
  • Minimum age of 35.


The Constitution of 1980 and its 2005 amendment establishes the requirements for becoming president. The president must be a natural-born citizen of the country, or else born overseas when one of his or her parents or grandparents is a Chilean national. The president must also be at least 35 years old.[6]


Colombian Constitution of 1991 Article 191: states that the president must be a natural born citizen of Colombia and at least 30 years of age.[7]

Costa Rica[edit]

According to Article 131 of the Constitution, The following is required to be president or vice president of the Republic: be Costa Rican by birth and a citizen in exercise.


According to the first paragraph of Section 54 of the Finnish Constitution, "The President shall be a native-born Finnish citizen."[8][9][10]


According to Chapter 8, Article 62 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, a person shall not be qualified for election as the president of Ghana unless that person is a citizen of Ghana by birth


To be eligible to run for president in Honduras, the candidate is required to be a natural-born Honduran.


According to the Article 6 of the 1945 Indonesia constitution, presidential and vice presidential candidates must have been citizens since birth who have never voluntarily acquired another citizenship.[11]


The person to be elected as president should be a Kenyan citizen by birth,[12]


Requirements for candidates for president of Turkmenistan include the following:[13]

  • Must have been born in Turkmenistan
  • Must be fluent in the Turkmen language
  • Must have resided in Turkmenistan for the past 15 consecutive years


To be eligible for office under the Liberia Constitution, a presidential candidate must:

  • be a natural born citizen of Liberia" (per Art, 27)(b) of the Constitution; citizenship is limited to "persons who are Negroes or of Negro descent".


The constitution of Mexico requires the candidate to be natural-born citizen of Mexico with at least one parent who is a natural-born citizen of Mexico. The person should be at least 35 years of age and should have resided in Mexico for at least 20 years in his entire lifetime and for the entire year before the election. The person should not be a secretary or under-secretary of state, attorney general, or governor of a state at least 6 months prior to the election.[14]


Chapter VI, Part I, Section 131 of the constitution states that a person may be qualified for election of the office of the president if they are a citizen of Nigeria by birth.[15]


Article VII, Section 3 of the 1987 Constitution provides that no person may be elected president unless he or she is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines.


A new constitution was approved in February 2012.[16] Article 84 of Syria's 2012 constitution requires that candidates for the presidency must:[17]

  1. Be Syrian by birth, of parents who are Syrians by birth


Qualifications of the President according to Constitution of Uganda. (Article 102) A person to qualify for election as president must be— (a) a citizen of Uganda by birth; (b) not less than thirty-five and not more than seventy-five years of age; and (c) qualified to be a member of Parliament.[18][19][20]

United States[edit]

The president and vice president must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least 35 years old, and have been a resident of the United States of America for at least 14 years.


The Constitution amendment establishes the requirements for becoming president. Article 151 establishes that the President must be a natural-born citizen of the country, or have been born to an Uruguayan citizen if born abroad. The President must also be at least 35 years old and be registered in the National Civic Registry.[21]


According to articles 227 and 229 of the Constitution of Venezuela, adopted in 1999, the following requirements must be met in order to become President of Venezuela:[22]

  • Being a Venezuelan citizen from birth and possessing no other nationality.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KUSHTETUTA E REPUBLIKËS SË SHQIPËRISË" (PDF). (in Albanian). p. Article 86.2.
  2. ^ "1998 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA". p. 17. Only an Albanian citizen by birth who has resided in Albania for not less than the past 10 years and who has reached the age of 40 may be elected President.
  3. ^ "Constituição da República de Angola" (PDF). Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  4. ^ Webportal of the President of the Republic of Belarus Section Four of the Constitution Archived December 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Published 1994, amended in 1996. Retrieved June 7, 2007.
  5. ^ "Brazil - Constitution". Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  6. ^ "Chile Abroad:Embassies, Consulates and Multilateral Missions of Chile". Archived from the original on 24 July 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Requisitos para ser candidato presidencial" (in Spanish).
  8. ^ "The Constitution of Finland 731/1999" (PDF). Finlex - a database of Finnish legislation. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  9. ^ "The President of the Republic of Finland: Position and Duties: Election of the President". Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  10. ^ "Elections and voting in Finland". Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  11. ^ The 1945 Constitution of The Republic of Indonesia  – via Wikisource.
  12. ^ "14. Citizenship by birth - Kenya Law Reform Commission (KLRC)". Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  13. ^ "Законодательство - «Туркменистан: золотой век»". Archived from the original on 5 August 2012.
  14. ^ "¿Ser presidente de México es complicado? Estos son los requisitos". Milenio (in Spanish). Mexico City. 2020-08-13. Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  16. ^ MacFarquhar, Neil; Cowell, Alan (February 27, 2012). "Syrians Said to Approve Charter as Battles Go On". The New York Times.
  17. ^ "Syrian Arab Republic's Constitution of 2012" (PDF). February 26, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "Constitution of The Republic of Uganda on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-04-30.[user-generated source]
  19. ^ "Constitution of The Republic of Uganda on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-04-30.[user-generated source]
  20. ^ Helplinelaw. "Uganda". Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  21. ^ "Constitución de la República Oriental del Uruguay". Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  22. ^ Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Chapter 11 – National Executive Power