George Vella reiterates need to care for people falling on the wayside of a strong economy

Vella received a courtesy call from the Prime Minister and his MPs on his second day as President

President George Vella received a courtesy by the Prime Minister and government MPs on Friday. (Photo: James Bianchi/MediaToday)
President George Vella received a courtesy by the Prime Minister and government MPs on Friday. (Photo: James Bianchi/MediaToday)

President George Vella has reiterated the importance of not ignoring people in society who might not be keeping up with expenses, despite the economic prosperity enjoyed by most of the country.

On his second day after being appointed president, Vella said that although the economy was growing strongly, this did not mean that there were no issues which Malta still had to address.

Vella was speaking during a courtesy call by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his MPs on Friday.

In his first speech as president on Thursday - as he outlined his vision for the role he will occupy for the next five years - Vella placed emphasis on social justice and the proper distribution of wealth.

Echoing some of the same sentiments today, the President said that there were things which could be improved in the country, and that he would be doing all he could to help with this.

“I will endeavour to be a reference point and to act as moral compass, and will be pointing out anything which I think I should give my views upon,” Vella said.

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On his part, the Prime Minister said Vella’s speech the previous day had “touched everyone” and that he had no doubt that the new President would be giving direction to the country.

George Vella visited President Emeritus Eddie Fenech Adami at his home earlier today
George Vella visited President Emeritus Eddie Fenech Adami at his home earlier today

Earlier today, the President met with Archbishop Charles Scicluna and paid a visit to President Emeritus Eddie Fenech Adami, who had been indisposed yesterday and could not attend Vella’s swearing in ceremony.

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