Adrian Delia with his wife Nickie Vella de Fremeaux at a charity run
Opposition leader Adrian Delia said calls for his resignation in the wake of his wife’s domestic violence accusations will only strengthen his resolve and hinted at a plot to overthrow him as leader.
“Everyone passes through matrimonial problems or knows someone who has passed through them,” he said on NET FM this morning. “My wife and I agreed in court that this is a personal issue and that we won’t be discussing it in the media. However, some people are trying to profit from this situation and score political points by somehow attacking my position as PN and Opposition leader.”
“I will not cave in to these attempts and neither will I ignore them. In fact, I will seek to find out who is behind these attempts and will take steps if needs be. This only strengthens my resolve to harshen my fight with even more conviction that what I’m doing is for the good of myself, my children, my party and my country.”
After Nickie Vella de Fremeaux’s domestic violence accusations, a number of traditional PN supporters who have been critical of Delia’s leadership called for the Opposition leader to resign. Occupy Justice argued that political leaders should be at the forefront to fight domestic violence perpetrators, while former PN secretary general Rosette Thake wrote a thinly-veiled Facebook status which appeared to describe Delia as a “pretentious upstart who will plough on with arrogance”. Nationalist MP Karol Aquilina also received a fair amount of stick from PN supporters for liking Thake’s status, with some pledging never to vote for him again.
Meanwhile, private voice and video clips revolving around the Opposition leader have been circulating around WhatsApp groups over the past 24 hours.
In his interview, Delia also accused the Labour government of secretly planning to legalise abortion, as reported by PN paper Il-Mument this morning.
“The government has already passed laws that are turning Malta into a soulless state and it looks like [abortion] could be on the table too,” he said. “From my end, I pledge that the PN will keep defending life from conception till its natural end, even if Malta is the last country which still believes this and if others start calling our abortion laws antiquated.”