The Democratic Party is to boycott Tuesday afternoon's parliamentary sitting which will see former minister George Vella nominated to become President.

The Nationalist Opposition has said it will back the nomination, although it said it would have preferred a nominee who did not come from the Labour Party.

The PD said that while in welcomed Dr Vella, its two MPs would not be present for the debate since the government had not shown goodwill to amend the Constitution for the head of state to be appointed by a two-thirds majority.

“Malta has a dysfunctional democracy and Presidents of the Republic in their majority have been mere figureheads in their relative silence,” party leader Godfrey Farrugia said.

Presidents must be given the necessary powers to ensure good governance, he said, adding that a Council of State should be set up to advise the President. 

Dr Vella is due to be sworn in on Thursday morning. 

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