KSU – Kunsill Studenti Universitarji has published a position paper on constitutional reform, endorsed by 18 student organisations, delineating its proposals after consulting the student body.
Speaking to a press conference on Friday afternoon, KSU President Matthew Xuereb remarked that,
The prospect of a holistic Constitutional Reform has been raised time and time again over the past two legislatures, yet the promised Constitutional Convention has not materialised. It is long overdue for civil society to be properly consulted and included in the process. For this country to move forward we must have a truly inclusive national debate on what are our identity as expressed in our Constitution should be, including all factions of society; debating our Republic’s institutions and principles is not an academic exercise but rather a duty of citizenry.
While noting that the substantive reforms passed over the summer where needed, the manner in which such changes were adopted left much to be desired given the heavy-handed approach and lack of dialogue with respect to the proposed reforms.
The urgency of the holding of such a Convention is further heightened by the continuing political and constitutional fallout from the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, along with the placement of the institutions’ functioning and the rule of law under both a local and international spotlight.
In publishing such a document, KSU aims to represent the students if and when the Convention is convened, through close consultation with its member organisations and the student body at large. The most notable positions adopted by KSU’s Social Policy Commission include:
- Removing the non-alignment clause
- Substituting the Roman Catholic religion from being that of the state to that of the majority • Banning the sale of citizenship
- Adding EU citizenship
- Increasing the President’s powers
- Having fewer MPs, on a full-time basis
- Appointing the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner through a qualified majority
- Providing for the public financing of political parties
- Creating a Council of State to assist the President in exercising his functions