There are 21 nations worldwide where the President must be a natural-born citizen. The constitutions of several countries contain such a mandatory requirement.
Nations with such requirements are Albania, Angola, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Syria, Uganda, United States, Uruguay.
Many nations, including Europe, don’t have an obstacle with foreign-born citizens becoming President or Premier ministers. For example, in the United Kingdom, you have to be a citizen of the UK., the Republic of Ireland, or the Commonwealth, and over 18, to be Premier minister. The only conditions for being a Premier minister are to get the confidence of the House of Commons and be invited by the Crown to forming a government.
Requirements for the President of the U.S.
The U.S.Constitution states that a person must be a “natural born Citizen,” a resident of the country for 14 years, and older than 35 years of age to be eligible to be President.
Although the eligibility of American-born citizens has been established law for more than a century, there have been legal problems raised regarding those born outside of the nation to U.S. citizens.
Some American presidential candidates, including Barry Goldwater, George Romney, and John McCain, met accusations that they were not natural-born American citizens. Indictments were also against Barack Obama on the fallacious speculation that he was born outside the U.S. to a U.S. citizen mother and a foreign father.
Most lately, suspicions were inflated through the 2016 presidential primaries whether Senator Ted Cruz, born in 1970 in Canada to an American citizen mother and a non-American citizen father, was a natural-born resident.
Countries where a citizen can become President with a second passport
It is interesting to know that some nations have an open position to double nationals. Here are such countries where citizens can become President or Premier minister with a second passport :
- United Kingdom