FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011 By KARL STAGNO-NAVARRA
Divorce in Malta has become law today, following its publication in the Government Gazzette after President GeorgeAbela formally signed the bill.
Coming into force on October 1, the bill was voted in Parliament by a vast majority after long hours of debate from both sides of the House, that also put forward and approved a number of amendments.
The bill - originally submitted by Nationalist MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando on July 1, 2010 – soon became known as the Pullicino Orlando-Bartolo bill after it was co-sponsored by Labour MP Evarist Bartolo.
The bill brought division within the PN that also took a stand against the introduction of divorce in Malta, while Prime Minister and party leader Lawrence Gonzi declared himself against, and even voted against the bill throughout all its stages in Parliament.
On May 28, 53% of the Maltese electorate voted in favour of the introduction of divorce in Malta.
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