Fearne and Abela are taking people for a ride – Delia

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The two Partit Laburista leadership contestants are taking people for a ride, Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said on Saturday morning.

During an interview on the party’s radio station, NETFM, the Opposition leader accused both candidates of taking people for a ride. He explained that while both Fearne and Abela have claimed that they would like to introduce changes and to improve the situation, in practice the two behaved differently.

Delia said that he did not think that the situation in Malta could get worse. He reminded that disgraced OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri was under investigation in relation to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, tampering of evidence and Theuma’s phantom job. He pointed out, that Schembri was not only being investigated as an individual but also as a chief of staff to the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Nationalist leader lambasted the government for not reacting to the investigations of alleged serious offences. He added that he was not expecting the Prime Minister to resign with immediate effect given that he failed to do so earlier on during the political crisis that hit the country.

‘Muscat insistence on remaining in office and sticking to his plan, is tarnishing the country’s reputation,’ Delia said.

The PN leader referred to Minister Joe Mizzi’s endorsement of Chris Fearne in which he reportedly said that corruption was not so rampant in the past. According to Delia this ‘confirms that Partit Laburista in government is the most corrupt government in Malta’s political history.’

Delia claimed that Malta was not a priority to the PL MPs since they continued to express their support to Muscat.

He also spoke of his meeting with President George Vella during which the political crisis was discussed. Delia appealed to Vella to see whether Muscat still enjoys the trust of the majority of sitting MPs. He referred to a statement by the Office of the President which claimed that the President had fulfilled his duties within the parameters set out by the Constitution. Delia noted that the Opposition fulfilled its duty while the government’s parliamentary group failed to take action when faced with this nation-wide political crisis despite of having the power to remove Muscat from Office with immediate effect.

Partit Nazzjonalista leader said that ‘everyone was calling for Muscat’s immediate resignation’ even the European Parliament.

During the interview on Saturday, Delia also spoke about the Egrant inquiry report of which he was given a copy following a battle in court. The report was subsequently published on Partit Nazzjonalista’s media.

Speaking about the court decision which found the Attorney General in breach of the Opposition Leader’s rights, Delia claimed that both the Police Chief and the AG were working against the people of the country despite being paid from taxpayers’ money. Delia lambasted Justice Minister Owen Bonnici for ‘failing to acknowledge the decision’ handed down by the country’s highest court.

The Opposition Leader reiterated his call that the AG’s position is no longer tenable.

Speaking about the Police Commissioner, Delia noted that Lawrence Grech’s days were numbered since both Fearne and Abela said that they would remove him from his post upon election.