Palma de Majorca.—The acting Central Government Delegate to the Balearics, Ramon Socias, used his address at yesterday's acts to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Constitution to say farewell, he steps down later this month, and to also apologise “for any comments or opinions which may have offended people” during his tenure.

He also thanked the politicians on both sides of the house who have helped him “extremely professionally” over the past eight years in office. Listening to his address was the new President of the Balearic government, Jose Ramon Bauza the President of the Council of Majorca, Maria Salom and the Parliamentary Speaker, Pere Rotger and a host of other key dignitaries.

Socias used his speech to praise what the Constitution has stood for over the past 33 years and urged against the current economic crisis being used as an excuse to either modify or review it.

“It has guided us to democracy, it is the foundation of everything this country and society stands for and its positive values must be upheld, what ever crisis this country may be facing,” he said. President Bauza echoed Socias's sentiments stressing that the Constitution has a “defining” role to play in the future of Spain and called on all parties to work together in helping the Balearics through the crisis and supporting the worried and troubled community. “I have full confidence we can do it together,” Bauza said.

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