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Malawi Constitutional Provision Relating to Citizenship

Publisher National Legislative Bodies / National Authorities
Publication Date 1996
Related Document(s) Citizenship Act
Cite as Malawi Constitutional Provision Relating to Citizenship [Malawi],   1996, available at: [accessed 18 May 2023]
Comments The current Constitution of Malawi was adopted in 1994 (Act No 20 of 1994). This Act updates the Citizenship Act, 1966.
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47.--(1) Every person who, immediately before the appointed day, was a citizen of Malawi under any existing law shall continue to be a citizen of Malawi after the appointed day.

(2) An Act of Parliament may make provision for the acquisition or loss of citizenship of Malawi by any person after the appointed day, but citizenship shall not be arbitrarily denied or deprived.

(3) In this section, the expression--

(a) "acquisition of citizenship" includes acquisition by birth, descent, marriage, registration, naturalisation or any other means prescribed by an Act of Parliament; and

(b) "loss of citizenship" includes loss by deprivation, renunciation or any other means prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

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