Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne has said he is convinced that Joseph Muscat’s successor will enjoy the trust of the Labour Party’s entire parliamentary group.
“I saw unity in the parliamentary group today, we are tight as a fist,” Fearne, who has often been touted as a potential successor to Muscat, said on Pjazza tonight. “Yes, we had different opinions but when we reached a decision, we were as tight as a fist. The Prime Minister will depart in a few weeks but from what I witnessed in recent days, I’m sure that the new Prime Minister, whoever that may be, will enjoy the support of the entire parliamentary group.”
Fearne took a dig at the Nationalist Party, who he warned remains divided over two years since Adrian Delia was elected leader.
“They are still plotting to remove Adrian Delia and my prediction is that they will now turn on him,” he said.
As for Muscat himself, Fearne said that the Prime Minister, along with himself and other Labour MPs, felt betrayed in light of recent developments.
“These past four days were tough and there were times when he, I and everyone felt practically betrayed; there was that sentiment. There were times when we realised that Malta was passing through a serious moment but there were also moments of satisfaction when we realised that, after two years, someone who was allegedly well involved in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia [Yorgen Fenech] had been charged.”
“During the parliamentary group meeting today, the Prime Minister made it clear that the time had come for him to take political responsibility for things others did. This is unlike what happened in the past and I think we’ll appreciate his decision more as time goes by.”