President tells protesters there is need to discuss constitutional reform
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.