A number of high ranking officials from the Nationalist Party including 10 Nationalist MPs, an MEP and two members of the Administrative Council have either tweeted or posted on Facebook supporting Simon Busuttil. Many of them used the hashtags “not in my name” and “stronger together” on Monday morning.
The MPs are
- Karol Aquilina
- Jason Azzopardi
- Claudette Buttigieg
- Therese Comodini Cachia
- Mario de Marco
- Beppe Fenech Adami
- Karl Gouder
- Marthese Portelli
- Claudio Grech
- Ryan Callus
Members of the European Parliament
- David Casa
Administrative Council Members
- Graham Bencini (President of the Forum for Professionals)
- Mario Rizzo Naudi (President of PN’s Pensioners’ Association)
Nationalist Local Councillors
- Samuel Azzopardi (Mayor Rabat, Gozo)
- Albert Buttigieg (Deputy Mayor, St Julian’s)
- Dorian Sciberras (Deputy Mayor, Iklin)
- Michael Fenech Adami (Minority Leader, Birkirkara)
- Roderick Aquilina (Minority Leader, Zebbug)
- Caroline Galea (Local Councillor, Santa Lucija)
- Alexander Mangion (Local Councillor, Attard)
- Paul Radmilli (Local Councillor, Sliema)
Officials and Activists
- Paula Mifsud Bonnici (Former General Council President)
- Alex Perici Calascione (Former Treasurer)
- Norman Vella (General Election and MEP Election Candidate)
- Rosette Thake (Former Secretary General)
- Paul Borg Olivier (Former Secretary General)
- Joseph Ellis (General Election Candidate)
- Ann Fenech (Former President of the Executive Committee)
- Antoine Borg (former MP)
- Ivan Bartolo (General Election Candidate)
Former General Council President declares that she will vote against the motion
Former General Council President and current member of the Executive Council Paula Mifsud Bonnici declared that she would vote against the motion asking for former Opposition and Party Leader, Simon Busuttil, to suspend himself; the same motion which was presented in the Administrative Council meeting on Sunday. In her post, Mifsud Bonnici reiterated that it is illogical to vote against Busuttil. Furthermore she added that Busuttil only requested that the allegations would be investigated so that the truth may surface. Mifsud Bonnici also declared that she will not play into Labour’s hands.
Alex Perici Calascione endorses appeal
Former Party Treasurer and leadership contender Alex Perici Calascione endorsed the appeal initially posted by the MPs. In his post he expressed his sorrow at the unanimous decision taken by the Administrative Council on Sunday evening. Perici Calascione called out the Administrative Council that on one hand it is asking for the full Egrant inquiry report to be published while on the other hand echoing Muscat’s appeal for Busuttil’s resignation from the parliamentary group.
Perici Calascione appealed against the split of the Nationalist Party and warned that if such thing was to happen this will not bode well for democracy.
Member of Administrative Council will vote against motion in Executive Council
Graham Bencini former Vici-President of the Sliema Sectional Committee and current member of the General Council, President of the Forum of Professionals, member of the Administrative Council and Executive Committee, in a post said that he was not present at the urgent Administrative Council meeting held on Sunday evening, he continued by saying that had he been there he would have voted against the motion tabled as planned to do the same for the upcoming Executive Council meeting.
Meanwhile… Schiavone says in my name
MP Herman Schiavone known for being close to Adrian Delia since the latter decided to run for Party leadership has endorsed the Nationalist Party Leader’s decision by posting #inmyname.
— Karol Aquilina (@KarolAquilina) July 23, 2018
— Claudette Buttigieg (@ButClaudette) July 23, 2018
We work together, win together, fight together, & when all else fails, take the fall together.
Division only leads us down an insurmountable slope. Unity in our own diversity is what brought us this far & is what should take us forward. We are & always will be #strongertogether. pic.twitter.com/Ofa34Ec2n0
— David Casa (@DavidCasaMEP) July 23, 2018
— Karl Gouder (@kgouder) July 23, 2018
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On Sunday the Nationalist Party held an urgent administrative council meeting following Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s calls for former Opposition and Party leader Simon Busuttil to resign which were then echoed by the current Opposition leader Adrian Delia, following the publication of the key conclusions from the Egrant inquiry.