President cancels meetings with PN MPs

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

President George Vella has cancelled meetings with Partit Nazzjonalista MPs which had to happen on Thursday afternoon amid the leadership crisis.

Earlier Newsbook.com.mt reported that the Nationalist MPs have been summoned to the Presidential Palace. This comes after a majority of the Nationalist MPs have called on embattled leader Adrian Delia to reconsider his position while Louis Galea, a former MP and party veteran who was tasked with the party reform, has called for a new leadership team to be installed.

Meanwhile the state broadcaster TVM has reported that at least two Nationalist MPs have asked President Vella for a meeting to discuss the latest developments within the Opposition parliamentary group earlier during the day. It is understood that the MPs were then informed that the meetings will not be held.

A spokesperson for the Office of the President told Newsbook.com.mt within constitutional parameters.

On Thursday, PN General Council President Kristy Debono resigned from her post while Deputy Leader Robert Arrigo has signaled that he will resign. Debono who has backed the embattled leader was heavily criticized last year for having had a meeting with Yorgen Fenech after he was identified as the owner of 17 Black to seek a party sponsorship.

Under the Constitution, the Head of State of State may remove the leader of the Opposition if whoever occupies this role no longer commands the support of the majority of the Opposition MPs.

It is not known if all MPs are being summoned by the President or whether it is a selected group.

A spokesperson for the Office of the President told Newsbook.com.mt that the President was acting within the limits set out by the Constitution when asked what were the latest developments.