‘I’m sure nothing will change,’ – Delia

Partit Nazzjonalista

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Nothing will change with the election of the new Partit Laburista leader, Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said on Saturday.

Paid up members of Partit Laburista voted on Saturday for their new party leader after Joseph Muscat announced that he will step down from his prime ministerial post and leadership post in December. A political crisis hit the country after there was some progress in the murder investigation of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. This had sparked the resignation of Konrad Mizzi from his ministerial post and OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri. Muscat announced his resignation following the arraignment of murder suspect, Electrogas director and 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech.

Delia was interviewed on Partit Nazzjonalista’s TV station. He explained that the government will remain the same and nothing will change. Referring to Muscat’s final speech as party leader, Delia said that it hurts to see Muscat telling his successor to “continue milking from the country”.

The Opposition leader said that he did not trust either of the two contenders. Delia noted that Robert Abela was not ashamed to label himself as the candidate who would ensure continuity with the previous leadership. On Fearne, Delia remarked that the contender spent six years standing by Muscat.

“They chose not to publish Egrant inquiry report”

Speaking about the importance of investigations, Delia remarked that the Prime Minister and fellow government MPs decided to keep hidden the Egrant inquiry report from the public. It was only after a legal battle, that the Opposition leader obtained a copy of the Egrant inquiry report on appeal. It was then published in full by the National Party media.

He added that the Prime Minister failed to take action on the report despite having had access to the document.

Earlier this week, Delia formally asked the police to initiate an investigation into Karl Cini after he gave Partit Laburista contenders a 48-hour ultimatum to go to the police themselves and ask for an investigation.

Corruption has become legitimized, normalized

Reflecting over the past years, Delia observed that corruption has become legitimized and eventually normalised. ‘The people have become insensitive at what is happening around them,’ Delia explained. ‘Every day we have a new scandal, and this eventually became noramlized,’ he added.

‘Journalist have a duty to ask’

Once Muscat announced he will step down, he took a few trips which were unannounced. One such trip was a costly trip to Dubai with his family. A Times of Malta journalist asked Muscat what was the purpose of this trip, with the outgoing prime minister replying that it was “none of your business”. Delia underlined that in a democracy it is the duty of the journalist to ask questions. The public has a right to know how Muscat paid for this trip to Dubai and whether he made use of public funds, he concluded.