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‘Arrogant And Incredible’: PL Candidate Blasts Repubblika’s Interim Government Proposal 

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Repubblika’s proposal for an ‘interim government’ to steer Malta until the next election goes against democracy, PL candidate Rebecca Buttigieg has warned.

“It’s the people of Malta who get to decide who leads them and Repubblika has no right to ruin what our forefathers fought so hard for, particularly between the 50s and the 80s,” Buttigieg said.

“Maltese people from all political walks of life fought for full democracy so that the will of the majority is always respected.”

Criticising Repubblika’s proposal as “arrogant and incredible”, she warned it will ruin the mandate the people of Malta have given the government and its MPs.

“It seems they are ready to stoop to any level, just so long as they have titles in English-language newspapers which make it seem like there’s a crisis. Our country will keep being led by a government that the people choose, and when the time comes it will be the people who decide the way forward.” 

Earlier today, Repubblika called for an interim ‘national solidarity’ government to undertake reforms intended to remove Malta from the FATF grey list, with a mandate to run the country until June 2022 when it would have to call an election.

It said this government would be composed of MPs from both PL and PN, as well as ‘technocrats’ who would be co-opted by the parties in the place of MPs from both sides who would voluntarily resign.

“In our understanding, this is a good way for the country to take on this grave situation and emerge from it as soon as possible,” they said.

“This is a defining moment for us Maltese and Gozitans. We appeal to our politicians to, at the very least in this situation, behave with integrity and remain loyal towards the people who placed them in power.”

Repubblika president Robert Aquilina responded by reminding people of a photo that Buttigieg had posted in 2019 of herself next to Chris Cardona and Joseph Muscat, in which she described them as  “the boss and the big boss”.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the strong sense of political tribalism in this country is astounding,” Aquilina said. “Rebecca Buttigieg sees Cardona and Muscat as her boss and big boss, for heaven’s sake.”
“I urge this candidate to believe in herself and the people of Malta some more and to start believing that the people of Malta don’t need to be governed by a boss. We know what happens close to our shores when no one undermines the Boss’ words. And we know what happened and is still happening in Malta under the mentality of the Boss Muscat.”

“Above all, I urge her to abandon the idea that democracy is just about the control of the majority. We truly deserve politicians with more integrity and seriousness.”
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