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Reflections of a President: Satisfied she played her part to decrease inequality

With less than two weeks to go before the end of her mandate as the country’s President, President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said she feels satisfied that she has done her utmost to improve the quality of life for the people of Malta and Gozo, particularly for those persons in situations of vulnerability. Although acknowledging that she could have done some things in a different way she is satisfied that she gave her share in the cause to decrease inequality.

President Coleiro Preca said she is highly grateful at having been given the opportunity to observe Maltese society from close quarters. She said her greatest satisfaction was achieved through her contribution so that every citizen, irrespective of political, social or economic class was given the opportunity to be part of an inclusive society without any exclusion.

Responding to the questions of journalists during the launching of her book “Riflessjonijiet tal-President” (Reflections of a President), that contains a biographic perspective of her personal and public life, the President maintained that when appointed she was aware she would not have an executive role but a role that carries great moral responsibility.

She said her career has always been piloted by a social mission, even in the Presidency. She carried out her work with a sense of duty towards those who are poorly off as well as for inclusion.

She said a more active society is necessary, one that reflects more critically, and she worked for what is termed as “peace education” where inclusion and social justice become an integral part of everything that is done.

The President maintained that Maltese society has changed significantly, has become more multicultural and is continuing to evolve because of globalisation.

She said that children and their needs were central subjects during her Presidency and her work was aimed at the elimination of inequality and she hoped that every reform, even at Constitutional level, will strengthen the sustainability of Maltese society.

She said she always thought on the lines of doing better and although of course there are always regrets, there were many positives in the aspect of more society advancement as well as the progress of society but these have to be monitored because progress also causes impact and can also create victims.

President Coleiro Preca said she will continue to work in the interests of the vulnerable people in society and she hoped to remain close to the people through her continued work.