Monday, June 13, 2011
From ABC News:
A weekend referendum in the Mediterranean island of Malta found majority support for the introduction of divorce laws.
But it was a tight win for the pro-divorce movement, with just over 53 per cent voting in favour of the referendum.
The result was announced...by Malta's prime minister, Lawrence Gonzi, who had campaigned heavily against the introduction of divorce.
"The majority result in favour of divorce is not the result that I'd hoped for," he said.
"But the will of the people has to be respected and parliament should enact a law for the introduction of divorce."
The referendum asked whether divorce should be legalised "in the case of a married couple who has been separated or has been living apart for at least four years and where there is no reasonable hope for reconciliation between the spouses, whilst at the same time ensuring that adequate maintenance is guaranteed and the welfare of the children is safeguarded".
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