Henry Battistino has resigned as leader of the Moviment Patrijotti Maltin in light of yesterday’s European Parliament election results, which saw the migration-sceptic party receive a mere 771 votes.
“It is clear that the party I love so much has been defeated at the election,” he said. “As leader, I take full responsibility and will resign with immediate effect. While I thank the executive and all those who voted for us, my decision is final.”
Battistino becomes the second party leader to resign in the span of a few hours after Partit Demokratiku leader Godfrey Farrugia announced he would step down by the end of the week.
Founded in 2016, the Moviment Patrijotti Maltin contested the European Parliament elections for the first time this year, but its two candidates Simon Borg and Naged Megally only won 577 and 194 votes respectively.
Perhaps best known for its protests against Islam, such as the ‘pork sandwich’ action in front of the Msida church a few years ago, the MPM has toned down the rhetoric in recent years and is now coming up with policies to combat overpopulation. Notably, it said it wants to try and convince the EU to limit the number of EU nationals who can work in Malta.