Two hundred members of the PN General council have submitted a petition to their party calling on Adrian Delia to call a confidence vote in his leadership.
Former PN candidate Ivan Bartolo, who said he was the first person to sign the petition, confirmed the news at a press conference after a weekend of turmoil. Bartolo was joined by former PN executive president Mark Anthony Sammut, MŻPN secretary general Emma Portelli Bonnici, Attard councillor Martin Musumeci and Mellieħa councillor Emvin Bartolo.
No MPs were asked to sign the petition, with Bartolo explaining that they wanted it to be clear that this is a grassroots initiative. The former PN candidate said the signatories don’t form part of any clique or faction and that they wanted the best for the party and democracy as a whole, warning that Malta risks slipping into a one-party state.
“It should not be business as usual,” Bartolo said.
Questions over a confidence vote have gathered steam as demands for Delia to shoulder political responsibility for the two devastating losses in the European and local council elections.
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The fallout from the results has been tremendous with Media Chief Pierre Portelli, PN Executive Mark Anthony Sammut, MP David Stellini, and Treasurer David Camilleri all resigning while a very public internal battle takes place.
It remains to be seen whether there is one particular candidate who is willing to step up to the plate and lead the Nationalist Party after three successive leaders lost elections by a 33k+ voter margin.
Delia as failed to convince his party that he is the leader to take them out of their current predicament, with questions surrounding his credibility and his involvement with an offshore account linked to a Soho brothel failing to go away.
Assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was also an outspoken critic of Delia, meaning a large section of grassroots support has been reluctant to back him.
A separate group of Delia supporters have said that they would submit a similar petition backing their Leader.