25 May 2013 Riformi Kostituzzjonali (10) : Maltatoday 13 ta’ Lulju 2011
Franco Debono calls for ‘update’ of constitution to reflect a ‘European Malta’
Nationalist MP Franco Debono stressed that the “time has come” to update the country’s Constitution to reflect ‘European Malta’
Speaking this morning in parliament where he said that he would be voting in favour of the introduction of divorce to respect the people’s decision as expressed in last May’s referendum, the outspoken Ghaxaq MP invited President George Abela to intervene and take ownership of the need for reforms in Malta’s democratic progression as a fully-fledged European state.
“We must reform, and our Constitution must reflect European Malta,” Debono said, adding that the time has come for serious reforms to be discussed and eventually introduced.
“We must strengthen the checks and balances to our democracy,” Debono said, adding that in the wake of stalled discussions within the ad hoc Committee for the Strengthening of Democracy, the President of the Republic must step in to ensure that democratic reform continues and be strengthened.
About his vote, Franco Debono said that although he had previously declared himself against the introduction of divorce, he had taken into consideration a number of facts based on the reality that a strong majority had voted in favour of its introduction during last May’s referendum.
He said that the PN was a party built on visionaries, and named Guido de Marco, Eddie Fenech Adami and Louis Galea as the main visionaries that made the party a strong and revolutionary movement that has changed a nation and its destiny.