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Despite the politics, Malta is united, say the leaders

Malta is not as divided as the political scenario implies since the population is united through the values of solidarity and respect, President George Abela said yesterday.

“We are standing on the doorstep of a (March 9) general election… There will be differences of opinion… We don’t have to agree on everything. But we all have one common goal – the common good,” he said, as he delivered the traditional Christmas message at the Palace courtyard in Valletta last night.

He echoed the messages of Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and Labour Leader Joseph Muscat who said people were united despite the political differences which would be amplified over the next few months.

“We are united through our values and ideals,” Dr Muscat said. On a similar note Dr Gonzi added: “The truth is that, despite political differences, this country is united.”

Archbishop Paul Cremona said his job was to add a Christian message to the politicians’ statements. He spoke about the importance of spreading the values of Christ that include love, respect and solidarity.

“And a happy New Year to you all, now that the world has not ended,” he said.

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