Watch: President Emeritus Coleiro Preca sceptic of proposed increase in number of MPs

President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is sceptic on the proposed increase of the number of members, to augment the female representation numbers in the Maltese Parliament.

In her first interview from the end of her term as President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said that Parliament will still not be offering anyf amily friendly measures if its keeps its current structure.

During her contribution on Newsline which was presented by Fr Joe Borg on RTK 103FM, she also said that apart from the exception of the Judiary and the University of Malta, there is still a “democratic deficit” towards females across the board.

Coleiro Preca stressed on the need for female input if the country truly wants to create holistic policies. She also said that women cannot work three shifts in a day and and at the same time cater effectively towards their full-time professional, familiar and parental obligations.

“Two females and two males from each district”

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca suggested that the voting ballot should be divided in two sections and that out of five candidates to choose from, the voters have to choose at least two male and two female candidates. According to her, this will assure that no female is taking a male’s place in Parliament.

The President Emeritus would also like to see that this exercises results in a change of mentality where women are acknowledged for their substance and not just on physical appearance.

During her contribution, the President Emeritus also said signing the Embryo Protection Act was the most difficult moment of her life.

“The most difficult moment in my life was when I signed the Embryo Protection Act” – Coleiro Preca