The Malta Independent 19 January 2020, Sunday

NGO launches proposals for a 'new republic'

Saturday, 11 January 2020, 14:06 Last update: about 7 days ago

NGO Repubblika today presented its proposals for what it is describing as a “new republic” at an extraordinary general meeting held Saturday morning.

The organisation had been set up to “promote civil rights, democratic life, the rule of law, free speech, personal freedoms, social inclusion, environmental conservation, economic sustainability and equality of access, by means of active participation in the national discourse and related educational, social and charitable initiatives.”

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During today’s meeting, the NGO issued its manifesto, proposing a public life based on and guided by ethical principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Repubblika said that it had made a conscious decision to not form a political party and all that this would entail, but act as a pressure group.

The time had come for an examination of the Constitution of Malta and implement structural reviews of the Office of the President, Parliament, the Executive and Public Service, the courts, the police, armed forces and the regulatory authorities, the NGO said.

Malta needed a new, honest and sustainable economy, said Repubblika. The economy should “no longer depend on economic activities that exist mostly or only because of the dishonesty of those who want to hide their identity, nationality or legal or  financial obligations. Malta cannot act as a shelter for the world’s pirates.”

The environment also featured in the proposals, with access to the countryside, electricity generation, waste management and transport being central themes.

Repubblika said it wanted to have an inclusive, just and humane society, promoting equality and against the exploitation and abuse of workers.

It pledged to work in favour of justice and the rule of law, the common good, the separation of powers and fair and speedy justice.

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