Victoria Mayor will not be contesting next year’s elections

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Victoria Mayor will not be contesting next year's electionsThe Mayor of Victoria, Samuel Azzopardi, has announced that he will not be contesting the elections taking place in a year’s time.

In a post on his facebook page, withan open letter to the citizens of Victoria, he said that, “I feel that time has come to pass the leadership of this city to someone else as chosen by you.”

He goes on to say that, “the reasons for this decision I took are many but irrelevant for this democratic process.”

The letter by The Mayor of Victoria is shown in full below:

“Dear citizens of Victoria,

In a year’s time we will be called as citizens to elect our local government representatives in a nationwide election.

This is an important event and we are being called to cast our vote and elect those individuals that we want to represent us on the governing level that is nearest to the people.

How noble and beautiful it is to serve the people on this, the very level that keeps you closest and most cognisant of the hopes and sorrows of many. This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the introduction of local government in Malta – this petite enfant that today is part and parcel of the success of our political system.

I am very satisfied that out of these twenty-five years, God willing I will have served thirteen of them, ten years as a Mayor: a Mayor of a city that showered me with trust and hope. What a privilege! Quoting Plato: This city is what it is because its citizens are what they are. No words can ring truer for Victoria.

I would like to announce that in a year’s time I will not contest these elections. I feel that time has come to pass the leadership of this city to someone else as chosen by you. I am announcing now so that everything is clear, and in advance for an informed decision.

The reasons for this decision I took are many but irrelevant for this democratic process. It is not an easy decision, but I am doing it with great responsibility, in peace with myself, and with utmost respect towards democracy which spirit I feel I always abided with. You will have to choose another Mayor and I am sure your sovereign decision will be the right one.

I only have words of gratitude to you, the citizens who have always trusted me without any conditions and with sincere respect and love.

I thank the councillors I have worked with, Anthony Briffa, Michel Buttigieg, Victor Camilleri, Joe Debrincat, Vivienne Galea Pace, Anton Hili, Marija Portelli, Michael Portelli, Josef Schembri, Anton Tabone, Marcell Tabone, Robert Tabone, and Carmel Theuma.

We worked together so that what we could realise our dreams as in unity there is always strength. A note of thanks to all the staff of the local council, Miriam Attard, the Executive Secretary, together with whom I have been responsible for the day-today running of the Council, Anthony Zammit who acted as Executive Secretary for some time and the rest: Odette Camilleri, Georgine Farrugia, Fabian Galea, Joebert Galea, and Anabel Spiteri.

I have asked the councillors and staff to give their utmost this last year together and I am confident that we will do sterling work till the end.

My efforts would have been fruitless if I were not backed by your consistent moral support that always kept me following the golden mean, the way that takes you to the end and keeps you in equilibrium and in balance with everyone.

When I lost the middle way that was only my fault and I apologise unreservedly and unconditionally.

Believe me when I say I gave my heart and all to you and this City and you gave me so much in return. Thank you for all you have allowed me to do and dream. I will always be in your debt.”

Sincerely,

Samuel Azzopardi

Mayor.

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