Sociologist from Malta

Thursday, June 02, 2011

MPs not ready to vote in favour of divorce should resign before the vote

Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party has noted the declaration of Labour MP Marie Louise Coleiro Preca that she will not contest the forthcoming general elections. This declaration has been made within the context of the current polemic on the implementation of the referendum decision of last Saturday concerning the divorce Bill in respect of which Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca declared yesterday that for reasons of conscience she intended to abstain thereon.

Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said : "As a first point AD condemns whoever is exerting pressure and threatening Coleiro-Preca and her relatives. AD also condemns those who are threatening her through making use of information on her personal life. On this AD is four square behind Coleiro Preca.

AD is however of the opinion that each one of our Members of Parliament who is not prepared to vote in favour of the Divorce Bill is not fit to be an MP. The issue is not the Divorce Bill itself but the unconditional respect which each and every MP owes to the will of the electorate. After all, it is the same members of parliament who shifted the responsibility onto the people through a referendum.

The electorate has taken a decision and Members of Parliament should oblige. The reaction of their conscience is at this stage irrelevant. However if the conflict with their conscience is so disturbing they should resign before and not after voting".

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