The Republic of San Marino is based on delicate institutional balances, which have gone through moments of great difficulty in the course of our centuries-old history but which have survived to the present day, even updating itself to the times. In a micro state like ours, it is essential to respect the various areas of the institutions, each with their own prerogatives and powers, without going beyond inappropriate skills and behaviors.
This guarantees all San Marino citizens from the danger of being victims of abuse and of seeing their rights at risk. It also guarantees the functioning of democratic representation which is based on a system of checks and balances between the various powers of the state. Two years after the government of the 44 councilors took office – the one that had to easily solve every problem and that instead only magnified the existing ones – the authoritarian drift of the State Congress is increasingly evident and intolerable.
The new electoral law with which this government took office, approved in a hasty referendum, produced a quarrelsome mass completely disjointed from the citizens’ ability to choose who should govern them and the program of what to do.
The entire government, as soon as it took office, has passed retroactive laws for many years, to remove judges and executives deemed welcome, heavily meddling with the Court with the notorious intent of “chickpea land”. And it’s not over yet.
A magistrate belonging to the judiciary who should be autonomous and independent, is said to be guided by his office the formation of the current government which represents another power, the executive one.
The Secretary of State for the Territory, who should carry out political functions, replaces the director and the board of ASLP who instead have administrative roles, hanging himself with choices and decisions in which he should not get caught.
The Secretary of State with political responsibility for Information wants to decide who can be a journalist and who cannot, then beats the Information Authority because it dared to criticize and then resigned en bloc.
The Secretary of State for Labor, who does not deal with administrative procedures, orders the Autonomous Company (?) Of the Services to modify the budgets according to his will, cutting a lot of losses “a la carta”.
The Secretary of State for Health has brought his office back to the hospital, after it was moved elsewhere by the previous government, because it has to go to health, a task not foreseen by his powers. With results that are there for all to see.
The Secretary of State for Finance keeps in the dark the Great and General Council, which represents the legislative and control power on the government, on the modalities of the largest indebtedness (even with a multinational based in a tax haven) in the history of the country. And maybe here we go again soon.
The government has asked for judgment, with its own resolution, from the State Attorney’s Office (which represents the State in) to challenge a sentence of the Guarantor of the Standards even if the law does not allow it.
This quarrelsome and authoritarian twilight of the current government, completely unable to face the real problems of the San Marino citizens, is causing very serious damage to our institutional system and to the future of the country. The continuous resignation of people from many institutional roles of the state, which are added to the people expelled because they are not liked by some government politician, is another clear evidence of the authoritarian drift in progress. If this avalanche is not immediately stopped, the San Marino citizens will find themselves not only a country on the verge of bankruptcy but also its institutions set up in rubble.
In one of the most difficult moments in the recent history of the Republic, compromising the credibility of the State, which is fundamental to addressing the many serious unresolved problems that afflict us, would be very dangerous. The rule of law and institutional legality must be refounded.