PL - The need of a second republic
A new PL Government will put forward its plan to enact a second Republic through the coming together of all the civil society ensuring a more open discussion regarding constitutional changes.
Speaking at the same place were the national Assembly convened in 1919 to enact the country’s first Constitutional Law on the outskirts of Lija, PL leader Joseph Muscat explained that if trusted with government the party will listen to all opinions of the civil society in a bid to make much needed changes in the Constitution. “Malta's constitution has always been amended by politicians for politicians. We have amendments in mind and we wish to involve civil society in the revisions,” he said.
Such changes would include a review of the Elections Act and the Act governing the Broadcasting Authority, whose members currently get chosen in agreement between the Government and the two main parties.
Dr Muscat continued that if the Constitutional text would need major and drastic changes than PL has no issue with calling a referendum in order to guarantee a mandate by the people to enact such changes.
The discussions to enact the second republic will not be done in a post-colonial ambit but in a sphere generated after 10years of being members of the EU and with the country celebrating 50 years of independence.