Last Sunday, newly elected Labour MP Randolph De Battista decided to not include religion during his turn at the swearing-ceremony in parliament.
A rare move when considering Maltese political and religious history, De Battista made an oath of allegiance and loyalty to the Republic of Malta and the Constitution. However, the MP did not finish their declaration with ‘so help me God.’
De Battista was also not offered the crucifix for him to kiss by Speaker Anglu Farrugia. The move was met with different views.
“Randolph De Battista is the only MP out of 79 MPs to declare his loyalty to Malta’s people instead of taking an oath and kissing the cross,” she said. “Randolph represents!”
De Battista did not contest the 2022 election was co-opted into Parliament after the PL executive called a casual election on district 9. After the election, Randolph was appointed Labour CEO, a position he held between 2017 and 2020.