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Old 01-02-2014, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Its funny how many of Australia's early politicians seem to have had issues remembering some pretty basic details of their origins. I thought only King O'Malley had that problem, but it seems Chris Watson did too: Chris Watson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
German, that's interesting, I guess it's still close enough. Wonder if his father was Spanish or German speaking then?
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:24 AM
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Not Israel. Most (if not all) Israeli heads of state were born outside of Israel.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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In 1970 , there were three heads of state born in the United States. US president Richard Nixon, Isreali Prime Minister Golda Meir, and Ireland's president Eamon deValera.

George Washington was not a citizen of the United States when he was elected president. All residents of the USA at the time were English subjects.

Canada's fifth prime minister, Mackenzie Bowell, was born in England.

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Old 01-02-2014, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Just think that if Germany had had that requirement, then Hitler who was an Austrian would not have qualified as head of state.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:13 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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The U.S. President is the head of state and the head of government. Not sure why most people here only talk about head of state. If the head of government has the power, then I would consider him/her the equivalent of a President. And people probably often associate the term "President" with somebody who is in charge anyway. So I would include head of government if appropriate.


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Just think that if Germany had had that requirement, then Hitler who was an Austrian would not have qualified as head of state.

Is this your argument in support of having such a requirement?
He wasn't Austrian at the time of the power grab. He was also appointed and not elected. Besides, he passed all kinds of laws to consolidate his power. And Hitler also forced a referendum on merging the Reichskanzler and Reichspraesident into what he then called Fuehrer (19. August 1934). So he altered the laws and the constitution to become a dictator. Any constitution can be changed.
He also considered violently overthrowing the government. And the beer hall putsch took place already in 1924. So the likelihood that such a requirement would have prevented him from becoming the dictator of Germany isn't very high, imo.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Sir John A McDonald, the first Canadian Prime Minister, was born in Scotland, and he moved to Canada as a lad.

Under the Canadian system, the head of State is the Queen of Canada, who at this time is Elizabeth the Second. She is also the Queen of The United Kingdom. One person, with two titles, and two citizenships, as well.

When the Queen of Canada is not actually In Canada, her direct representative is the Governor General of Canada, who is selected by the Prime Minister, in consultation with the Queen. Canada has had a number of Governor Generals who were born outside of Canada, over the years.

In the modern era, Adrienne Clarkson was born in Hong Kong, and Michelle Jean was born in Haiti. Both came to Canada as children, with their Parents, as Immigrants. Both were appointed as Governor General for a five year term. It is traditional that the GG position alternates from a Francophone to a Anglophone person, but they must be fluently bi-lingual .

In order to be elected as the Canadian Prime Minister, a person must be a Canadian Citizen, but they do not have to have been BORN in Canada. We don't have any second class citizens here. And that person must be directly elected by the voters in a Parliamentary district, during a general election. The current Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, represents the district of Calgary Centre, in Parliament.

Jim B.

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Old 01-02-2014, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Bonar Law was the only Canadian to be the prime minister of the UK. I think but am not 100% sure that he was the only foreign born PM the UK has ever had.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Lucknow :

I think that you are correct about that, but I will mention Lord Beaverbrook, who was born as Max Aiken, in Maple, Ontario. To be a Lord, as a Canadian, was possible then, but as we know with Conrad Black, also known as Lord Black of Coal Harbour, it now requires the surrender of one's Canadian citizenship, to become a Lord.

Lord Beaverbrook was a member of Churchill's cabinet, from 1942 to 1945.

Jim B.

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Old 01-02-2014, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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No, presidential candidate in Ukraine doesn't have to be born in Ukraine, but he/she has to be a citizen in Ukraine, have lived in Ukraine for at least 10 years, have right to vote, be at least 35 years old and know official (i.e. Ukrainian) language. Also, just like in USA, in Ukraine nobody can be chosen as president more than two times in a row.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Here in Brazil, yes, it is required.

The Constitution says that only natural-born citizens ("brasileiros natos") can be President of the Republic.

Also, only natural-born citizens can be: Vice-President, President of any of the houses of Congress, member of the Supreme Court, Armed Forces officer, and Minister of Defense (other ministers can be naturalized citizens).
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