Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that he will not be resigning following the European Elections results.
Delia made his way to the counting hall following an address on the party’s TV station. Newsbook.com.mt asked the PN leader whether he will open the leadership contest following the defeat at the European Parliament elections, to which he replied that he does not think that this is the time for the party to go through more internal elections. He said that he thinks that it is a time for reflection and party consolidation, and a time for the party and himself to learn from mistakes. When asked if he would be resigning, Delia replied ‘No, I won’t be resigning.’
Delia reiterated that since being elected to the helm, a process is underway, he said that challenges remain, citing financial difficulties and structural ones. He explained that changes do not only include cosmetic ones, saying that more needs to be done. The PN leader said that the electorate’s message needs to be better understood by the party and work on delivering better its message and reach out to more people. Delia further said that the PN needs to reach out to more sectors and admitted that some do not see the PN as an alternative government saying that Partit Nazzjonalista will be working harder.
When asked about political responsibility, the PN leader said that many a times the party spoke about political responsibility and shouldering of such responsibility. He explained that the process which is needed now, is to understand where such political responsibility ends. He said that since he took the reigns of the party, he started at a very low point, but when one looks at the survey results over the past year and Sunday’s EP election result, the party has improved. According to Delia this happened as the party started working together.
’10 candidates with different qualities’
PN leader Adrian Delia said that the 10 candidates that ran on behalf of Partit Nazzjonalista had different qualities and areas of expertise. When asked whether the probable election of David Casa and Roberta Metsola meant that he also lost an internal battle due to other candidates seemingly having the support of the Party, Delia said that this was not the case. Delia dismissed the question and said that the bulk of Partit Nazzjonalista votes went to Casa and Metsola.
The PN leader further said that it was ‘absolutely not the case that there was not an equal level playing field for the PN candidates.’
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