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‘Malta Is Far Bigger Than The Gang Of People Who Brought Shame On Our Country’: President George Vella Calls For Unity And Justice In Republic Day Speech

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President George Vella delivered his Republic Speech earlier today in which he addressed the recent unfolding of events in connection with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia that has left both Malta and the world in shock.

“Let us remember that the Republic of Malta is far bigger than the gang of people who brought shame on our country.”

The President has, for the most part, remained quiet with regards to the political crisis Malta is going through, in which the Prime Minister’s office has been linked to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017.

However, Vella was uncharacteristically vocal in his Republic Day Speech, condemning the actions of those who have been linked to the assassination of the Maltese journalist, which involves the  Prime Minister’s ex-Chief of Staff, Keith Schembri.

Instead of providing a narrative on Malta’s history as we celebrate the country’s 45th anniversary as a Republic, Vella took the time to address these confusing and turbulent times. He also delivered some of his speech in English for the convenience of the international press present.

“To just say we are sorry for what happened, is definitely not enough. We will ensure that justice is done, and that it is seen to be done.”

“Our country’s role in the creation of all that is good and beneficial to its people, both domestically and internationally should not be obscured by what has very regrettably happened.”

Vella also used his speech to appeal for national unity and for justice to be carried out so as to prevent any more undeserving reputational damage the country has it incurred.

“Our country’s role in the creation of all that is good and beneficial to its people, both domestically and internationally should not be obscured by what has very regrettably happened.”

“Our country should continue carrying the respect it earned for the good it achieved along the years, for a history and culture that go back thousands of years, for the enormous contribution it has made to the attainment of peace in the world, and for its eminent history in defence of values, for the traditional generosity of the Maltese people and for the overwhelming potential of its human resources.”

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