“I have no power to dismiss the PM” – President

Luke Zerafa

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

President George Vella said that he had no power to dismiss Prime Minister Joseph Muscat from office in a statement on Friday afternoon.

The statement was issued following an urgent meeting with Opposition Leader Adrian Delia. Vella said that he could not accede to Delia’s request for the removal of Muscat from office since he had the trust of the government’s parliamentary group.

Delia called on the President to remove Muscat with immediate effect by invoking articles which grant such power to the President.

The Office of the President said that the President had done all he could within the parameters as set by the Constitution. According to the office, the articles cited by Delia do not grant the President a legal, constitutional or executive basis for the Prime Minister’s removal as long as the Prime Minister enjoys the trust of the most number of sitting MPs.