Pres­i­dent tells pro­test­ers there is need to dis­cuss con­sti­tu­tional re­form

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca met Oc­cupy Jus­tice rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day at The Palace in Val­letta.

“This is the time when our coun­try starts con­sti­tu­tional re­form,” she said, while stress­ing that in meet­ings she held with the lead­ers of the coun­try, this is the point she is push­ing for­ward.

“The House Busi­ness Com­mit­tee has de­cided to start dis­cussing the Op­po­si­tion’s pro­posal made last week on Mon­day. It also seems that Con­sti­tu­tional Re­form will be at the cen­tre of the dis­cus­sion.”

She said that both par­ties in the last two elec­tions had com­mit­ted them­selves to be in favour of con­sti­tu­tional re­form, “so I take the op­por­tu­nity to ap­peal to the party lead­ers for the re­form to start, take the time it needs, but needs to be done.”

She said it was es­sen­tial to en­gage with so­ci­ety on mul­ti­ple lev­els, so that the Con­sti­tu­tion can be owned by the peo­ple. She men­tioned the need to in­volve lo­cal coun­cils as well as civil so­ci­ety and to eval­u­ate the as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple and have it re­flected in the Con­sti­tu­tion.

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