Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Voting against one’s party is never acceptable, Partit Nazzjonalista deputy leader Robert Arrigo wrote on Facebook.
Commenting on a MaltaToday trust rating survey, Robert Arrigo said that Opposition Leader nominee Therese Comodini Cachia ‘fell’ on the first hurdle.
The survey conducted by MaltaToday shows that Comodini Cachia’s trust rating when compared to Prime Minister Robert Abela runs at 13.1%, just 0.1% less than embattled Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia who scored 13.2%.
The deputy leader maintained that this had contradicted what she had said earlier that the party was united.
Arrigo said that Comodini Cachia had asked for his resignation both in writing and verbally. He went on to thank the coronavirus outbreak in Malta, claiming that the unprecedented situation allowed him to remain in his position. He added that financially speaking, the first six months of 2020 were good for the party.
Last February, Arrigo had resigned as the PN’s deputy leader for party affairs in the wake of a political crisis that engulfed the Opposition. At the time he had said that he would stay on until the next General Council and fundraising marathon. A month later, Arrigo said that he would not resign stating that he decided to stay on after seeing that Malta was going towards total lockdown.
“There were 3 years of insider submarine attacks on the party,” Arrigo wrote on Facebook. He claimed that this was made worse when the “attacks” were against a popular vote.
Partit Nazzjonalista Adrian Delia lost two confidence votes in quick succession. The first test was before the PN’s parliamentary group, followed by a second vote in the party’s executive. Despite having lost both votes of confidence, Delia defiantly stayed on as Opposition Leader.
A survey carried out by MaltaToday, last week shows that Comodini Cachia’s trust rating among Nationalist voters stood at 31% while Delia scored 32.7%.
The survey shows that the gap between the two parties stands at 72,000 votes, with Partit Laburista regaining ground.
A second survey by the same newspaper shows that Comodini Cachia has made no impact yet among voters. According to the survey, Abela obtains a trust rating of 57.7% against Delia and 58.4% against Comodini Cachia.