Adrian Delia has confirmed that he will be contesting the leadership election that the party will be holding against his wishes following a vote among its general council on Saturday evening.
At a press conference held shortly after the vote, Delia promised that should he be re-elected, he would work to carry out changes within the party that many had demanded and that, he felt were needed urgently.
He said that he would be elaborating on these in the coming days, under the slogan “a new way with new people.” He also sought to portray himself as the people’s candidate, in contrast with those who sought to create a “PN for the few.”
Delia also said that should he lose the election, he would continue serving as a PN MP, pledging he would work tirelessly with the new party leader.
The embattled party leader sought to put a positive spin on the development, highlighting the high turnout for the vote – over 92% – to describe the process as evidence that the party was still alive.
He insisted that ultimately, he wanted the same paid-up members (tesserati) who made him party leader 3 years ago to decide his fate.
“They wanted me to serve for a full legislature… and I remain determined to observe this mandate to the very end,” he said. “Only their word will make me do otherwise.”
Though the council chose not to pursue his desired option – a simple confirmation vote – Delia strongly rejected that this represented, in any way, a vote of no confidence in him.