The Malta Independent 20 November 2018, Tuesday

PD declares victory over PL-PN collusion on MPs' pensions

Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 07:19 Last update: about 9 months ago

The Partit Demokratiku has claimed political victory after the idea to review the pensions system for MPs was witthdrawn by the government,

In a statement, the PD referred to a government statement announcing that it will not continue with its parliamentary motion to reform the pensions for MPs.

"Having exposed the collusion between the PN and the PL in previous days, the PD has veritably checkmated this motion and is thus declaring a victory for the Maltese people," PD said.

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The MPs’ pensions’ reform bill was introduced by stealth, as PD's Godfrey Farrugia had exclusively told The Malta Independent last week. Colleague Marlene Farrugia has later described the situation as a one-party system with two heads.

Partit Demokratiku said it is compelled to expose the facts of how planned and clandestine manoeuvring by PL and PN together led to the debate on the pensions’ reform.

On Monday 4 March Parliament’s agenda for the following day’s business included the second reading of the pensions reform as third item on the evening’s agenda.

The debate, which could have taken up to two and a half hours to conclude if the two speakers, one from government and one from opposition took their full speaking time, ended eithin 23 minutes, by which Parliament decided to adjourn 15 minutes before closing at 9pm, PD said. It is indeed strange how no other speakers participated in the debate from government and Opposition PN on a bill which is a Money Bill and recommended by the President of the Republic. 

PD said the bill was evidently rushed through when PD’s MPs had left the House with no chance of returning in time to present their arguments and without they being told that the bill was going to be debated on the day. (

PD said shall continue to fight for the Maltese people and expose wrongdoing everywhere. We will remain to be the voice of the people.

The Malta Independent had also taken a position against the revision of the pensions system for MPs.

 

 

 

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