George Vella sworn-in as the President of Malta

George Vella. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Former Foreign Minister George Vella was sworn-in as the 10th President of Malta on Thursday. He delivered a speech after the swearing-in ceremony stating that he was assuming the office with deep humility, gratitude, and pride.

Vella said that his role as the president would be to give voice to those who are not heard, serve the people of Malta, promote the country’s values, and fair distribution of wealth.

A doctor by profession, Vella asserted that he would work towards improvements in the healthcare sector and also ensure that the living conditions for the elderly did not deteriorate.

“The President of the Republic has the privilege to be the Head of State. We want to see in him a defender of Malta’s heritage in every sense – cultural, historical, artistic, architectural and natural,” the Archbishop Charles Scicluna told the new President during his homily.

“The President of the Republic has the privilege to be the Head of State. We want to see in him a defender of Malta’s heritage in every sense – cultural, historical, artistic, architectural and natural. The President encourages us to defend, appreciate and promote all that is good and beautiful among us, all that we need to preserve for the benefit of future generations,” Time of Malta quoted him as saying.

Outgoing President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and other dignitaries were also present during the ceremony. President Vella, in his address, also said that he will work towards improving the quality of life for everyone – including the migrants.

A number of people came out in Zetjun and gave him a heartfelt send-off as he left his residence for Valetta. Elderly, school children, religious leaders, lined the streets and waved the Maltese flags as they bid farewell to their beloved doctor and leader.