Malta: Valleta to allow divorce from October

26 July 2011
The Times of Malta

The Times of Malta, 26 July 2011

“Historic vote ushers in divorce,” announces The Times of Malta. On 25 July, the Maltese parliament passed a law authorising divorce and remarriage. MPs voted by 52 votes to 11 with three abstentions to approve a bill that will come into force in October. The change to the country’s legislation is the final step in process that has overcome significant opposition — Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi voted against the bill which was supported by only three members of his cabinet. The vote takes into account the result of a referendum earlier this year. On 28 May, 53% of the country’s electorate cast their ballots in favour of the legalisation of divorce. Along with the Philippines, Malta was one of two countries in the world where divorce remained illegal.