Majority of PN MPs insist new leadership election only way forward

Updated 12:31 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The majority of Nationalist Party MPs who have opposed the leadership of Adrian Delia have appealed to the party’s general council to recognise the historic decision placed on its shoulders as it starts voting on the next step the party should take.

Between Wednesday and Friday, the party counsellors have to choose between two options. Delia’s proposal is for the party’s paid-up members (tesserati) to hold a vote of confidence in him, having lost two others among the parliamentary group and among the executive committee members earlier this month. The other option – the one backed by the MPs – is for a proper leadership election to be held instead, in which Delia is nevertheless planning to contest.

The MPs said that the party faced a historic opportunity as it kick-started a process which is “not only bringing about new enthusiasm within the party, but, with the choice of a new leader, would lead the Maltese public to again view the Nationalist Party as a credible alterative choice.”

They recognised that the counsellors had a considerable weight placed on their shoulders, but said that they were convinced that they would make their right choice.

The MPs pointed out that a number of valid candidates have already expressed their willingness to serve the party wherever their services were required, including as party leader

“This is confirmation that, in spite of the fact that some have cooled off or even lost faith in the PN, a new leadership election would attract new people to the party and revive the enthusiasm and commitment that are sorely needed in the run-up to the next general election, they said.”

They added that their appeal to the party counsellors was for them to vote with their minds and their hearts in the best interest of party and country alike to ensure that the party regained the status it deserved, “that of a young, organised, credible party, that presents a strong alternative that could gain the trust of the Maltese.”

“This can only happen if the tesserati are given the opportunity to select a new leader,” they concluded.

1,630 counsellors eligible to vote

In a statement, the party’s newly-appointed president of its electoral commission, Peter Fenech, confirmed that a total of 1,630 counsellors were eligible to vote in the extraordinary general council.

The vote kicks off on Wednesday, with early voting taking place between 5pm and 8pm at the party’s general headquarters in Pietà or at its sub-headquarters in Sannat.

The extraordinary general council will itself take place on Friday, with voting taking place between 6 and 8pm at the party HQ. Voting will also take place on Saturday, between 8am and 6pm in Pietà and between 9am and 4pm in Sannat.