The Nationalist Party’s General Council will hold a secret vote on whether Opposition leader Adrian Delia should resign after over 150 signatures were collected.
A petition requesting General Council President Kristy Debono to call such a vote within a week was circulated over the weekend.
“The PN suffered its worst results since Independence at last month’s MEP and local council elections, placing the party’s future in serious jeopardy,” the letter reads. “The PN didn’t deserve these results, they don’t reflect well on the party and political responsibility must be shouldered.”
“The PN statute obliges the holding of a General Council meeting after a request in writing by no fewer than 150 members of the Council. We are therefore requesting a General Council meeting within a week where a secret vote will be taken on this question: After the results of 25th May 2019, should the Nationalist Party leader shoulder political responsibility and resign? Yes/No.”
The PN General Council consists of around 1,500 members, including MPs, councillors, candidates, PN branch members and sectional committee members.
Delia has faced internal calls to resign since last month’s disastrous showing at the MEP and local council elections, but he has refused to resign, arguing that PN members had entrusted him to lead the party into the upcoming general election.
Four top-ranking PN officials, media chief Pierre Portelli, executive president Mark Anthony Sammut, administrative council president David Stellini and treasurer David Camilleri, have since resigned from the party.