Parliament has approved controversial legislation relative to IVF on the 6 July 2022.
The approved legislation was sent to the Office of the President of the Republic in order that he concludes the legislative process by assenting to the approved bill.
Article 72 of the Constitution provides that “When a bill is presented to the President for assent, he shall without delay signify that he assents.” The bill has been on the President’s desk for many days and he has not given his Presidential assent. He should signify that he assents without delay. There are no ifs and buts.
This lack of Presidential assent “without delay” is in breach of the Constitutional responsibilities of the President of the Republic.
In statements made to the press over the past days it has been made amply clear that Dr George Vella is reluctant to assent to the approved IVF Bill. This is clearly unacceptable and runs counter to his Constitutional responsibilities as President of the Republic.
A Green MP would by now have presented a motion for the impeachment of Dr George Vella and his removal from the office of President of the Republic for failing to shoulder his Constitutional responsibilities “without delay”.
There are no Green MPs. Discriminatory electoral legislation is currently being contested in our law courts, an initiative of ADPD-The Green Party.
Will anyone of the 79 Members of Parliament take the initiative?