Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Parliament dissolution at a future date is unconstitutional
There is no provision however that parliament may be dissolved at a future date. The President has either to dissolve parliament straight away or to force the Prime Minister to resign and investigate whether there is any other person who can continue parliamentary work till the end of its term, i.e. till next May 2013, by forming a new majority. If the President chooses to explore that route he obviously has to consult the Leader of the Opposition, Hon Franco Debono and independent MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando and this without further delay.
But it would be wrong and unconstitutional for the President to agree to dissolve parliament at a future date and allow a Prime Minister who has suffered a vote of confidence in parliament to stay in his post without parliament being dissolved.
The Constitution is there to be followed and no Christmas convenience can change its interpretation.