Marie Louise Coleiro Preca will be taking the Oath of Office to become the new President of Malta today, as Dr George Abela’s presidential term ends.
Dr Coleiro Preca will give the inaugural address as the new President of the Republic at The Palace, Valletta following the signing of the Oath of Office at 6.14pm.
The programme of activities leading to the swearing in ceremony starts at 2.15pm at the main square of Hal Luqa, where accompanied by her husband, Edgar Preca, she will be meeting the local community. This will be followed by a Solemn Mass at Dar tal-Providenza in Siggiewi which will be celebrated by His Grace the Archbishop Mgr Paul Cremona.
The newly sworn-in President and Mr Preca will meet the staff at the Presidential Palace for the first time later in the evening followed by courtesy calls at San Anton Palace by the leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister.
Dr Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, like Dr George Abela, is from Qormi and has a daughter, Angie. She held the role of Minister for Family and Social Solidarity before accepting Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s invitation to fill this prestigious post.
She handed in her resignation on Tuesday 1st April after an emotional speech during the evening’s parliamentary sitting, marking the end of 16 years of parliamentary work. She pledged to be fully dedicated to the country she loves and its people – and to rise above politics.
Her age was a deciding factor when she was chosen for this role as she is expected to have a hands-on approach rather than a ceremonial one. At the age of 55 she is the youngest President and the second female President in Malta after Agatha Barbara, who held the post between 1982 and 1987.
Among other roles, Dr Coleiro Preca will be in charge of Constitutional Amendments, the national strategy against poverty and the food aid programme.