The former Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationalist Party Lawrence Gonzi has called on the embattled Adrian Delia to put his leadership to the test after leading the party into a devastating European Parliament election result last weekend and amidst some developing disappointing results in the Local Council election results.
Speaking to The Times of Malta, Gonzi said that “the circumstances today demand that he recognises the present state of affairs and moves forward to face the challenge head-on.”
Gonzi himself had resigned as the party’s leader after losing by a landslide to Joseph Muscat in the 2013 general election.
The PN ended up losing the 2019 EP election by roughly 42,000 votes, and after forfeiting the local councils of Valletta and St Paul’s Bay to their rivals, questions have to be asked whether the party is set for another drubbing over the next few days
Rumblings have already begun to take place surrounding a potential vote of confidence and leadership challenge.
The PN’s challenges, Gonzi said, must be “tackled with urgency and courage”
“There is a sizeable faction of PN voters who decided to vote in a manner that sends a strong message to the PN’s present leader, his advisers and the party officials,” he continued.