Put party and country’s interests first, PN MPs urge Delia

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Nationalist MPs have urged embattled party leader Adrian Delia to put the party and the country’s interests first in the wake of their decision to vote against him in a no-confidence vote on Tuesday night.

In the wake of yesterday’s parliamentary group vote, which went 19-11 against Delia, the PN leader insisted that he would not be resigning.

In a statement to the press, the MPs acknowledged that the vote was a difficult choice, but said that they wanted the country “to regain normality, to regain its reputation and to re-establish itself as a democracy.”

“For this reason the country needs a strong opposition party. The Partit Nazzjonalista deserves the chance to regain people’s trust and become an alternative government,” they said.

Delia repeatedly invited to contribute ‘in a different role’

The MPs noted that the parliamentary group has indicated its concerns about Delia’s leadership on various occasions in several meetings held in recent months. Delia, they said, was repeatedly invited to continue to contribute within the Opposition in a different role.

“We appeal to Adrian Delia to put first and foremost the party and this country’s interests in these dire circumstances. We are as ever determined to continue to act in the best interest of the country and the party,” they said.

“This is a call that wants to see the Partit Nazzjonalista regain its courage and trust in its values.”