Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Entrepreneur Ivan J. Bartolo has resigned his seat in Parliament to enable newly-elected PN leader Bernard Grech to become an MP and succeed Adrian Delia as Leader of the Opposition.
Grech is set to be sworn in on Tuesday.
Bartolo was only elected to Parliament last March in a casual election following the resignation of Marthese Portelli. As he had been elected through a casual election, no new casual election will be required, leaving the PN free to co-opt the person of its hocice.
The MP had pledged to make way for Grech ahead of last Saturday’s PN leadership election, which saw Grech win 69.3% of the votes of party members to Delia’s 30.7%.
Bartolo confirmed his intention to step aside on Sunday, stating that he would never forget that the seat belonged to the people who entrusted him to represent their hopes, their desires, their aspirations and their needs in Parliament. He also promised that he would continue to work within the PN, especially in the localities he contests.
Speaking in Parliament before his resignation letter was read out, Bartolo said that he became an MP to serve and not to be served, and that with this in mind, resigning given the circumstances was an easy choice.
“By leaving, I am helping to strengthen the Opposition,” the departing MP maintained. “Which, given the circumstances, is something Malta certainly needs.”
Speaker Anġlu Farrugia paid tribute to Bartolo, stating that his departure would be a loss to the House as he had proven himself to be a very valid member of Parliament.