Malta today welcomed it’s 10th President, as Dr. George W. Vella was officially appointed as President of the Republic in Valletta.
Dr. Vella is, by profession, a doctor, but he has also had quite the career in Maltese politics; he was first elected to Parliament through a by-election in 1978, and later served as Malta’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, between 1996 and 1998 under Prime Minister Alfred Sant, and under Prime Minister Joseph Muscat between 2013 and 2017.
Dr. Vella’s first forays into activism however came when he was attending the Royal University of Malta (as it was known back then). Being a medical student, Dr. Vella joined the Malta Medical Student’s Association (MMSA). He served as the organisation’s Exchange Officer between 1962 and 1963 and then the organisation’s President between 1963 and 1964.
The Yuppie contacted the current MMSA president, Miguel Fenech, who said;
“We are thrilled and proud than an MMSA alumni will be the new President of the Republic. We hope that we can continue to build on the good relationship we have with the Office of the President, and we look forward to future collaborations!”
He was nominated by the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who stated that the nomination had the unanimous approval of cabinet and the Labour Party’s parliamentary group, and in fact his nomination was accepted in Parliament last Tuesday when the PN also voted unanimously in favour.
The outgoing President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, whose term in Malta’s top role ended today, also endorsed the nomination, tweeting; “I am truly convinced that George Vella is indeed the right person to serve as Malta’s next President- carrying out sterling work for the benefit of our country, and being a unifying figure for the people of Malta and Gozo.”
The Yuppie wishes Dr. Vella great success in his role as Malta’s new President!
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