WATCH: Their opinions on the future of Adrian Delia in the Nationalist Party
The Nationalist Party General Council may still yet decide on the political future of Adrian Delia in the case that enough signatures are gathered from among its Councillors for a specific request of a Vote of No Confidence in Delia as PN Leader.
This was confirmed to Television Malta by the President of the PN Executive, Alex Perici Calascione, who dismissed interpretations regarding the Statute in the sense that this imposes a period of two years before a Vote of No Confidence in the Party Leadership may be forwarded.
Last night Dr Delia was given a No Confidence vote for the second time from a Party organ, this time the Executive and despite calls to reconsider his decision Dr Delia said this vote bears no consequence on his continued Leadership.
Interviewed during the programme “Rasimbras”, former PN MP Franco Debono said that following the Executive’s vote, Dr Delia should consider stepping aside. The Motion forwarded by former MP Michael Asciak was passed on a majority of 11 votes and followed just after a week in which the Parliamentary Group had taken a Vote of No Confidence in Dr Delia.
The President of the Executive, Alex Perici Calascione, explained that Dr Delia may yet face another No Confidence Motion in the General Council. He said that if a number of member Councillors write to the Executive requesting this, it will have to be passed to the General Council. Currently there are no indications this may happen.
For such a Motion to be launched it has to be signed by 150 Councillors. The Executive’s President explained that in such a case the regulation that such a Motion cannot be forwarded before two years is not sustained.
He said there is a new Statute which has revised the old and the old no longer applies.
However, Party officials are hoping this stage will not be reached. It was said that much depends on what Dr Delia himself decides because yesterday’s Executive vote does not mean whether he should or should not resign. However, political consequences are always there.
Despite all these choices and goings on, Party Leader Delia said the vote by the Executive carries no meaning and does not change anything.
However, the architect of the reformed Statute, Louis Galea, does not concur as in a statement early this morning he said that Dr Delia is mistaken when he states that majority votes by Party organs have no relevance.
Television Malta is informed that during the Executive meeting that stretched over seven hours there were discussions about possible sanctions that may be imposed on those MPs who have spoken against Delia. The same sources said no Motion was put forward that these be dismissed or that steps should be taken against them.
Adrian Delia sfiduċjat ukoll mill-Kumitat Eżekuttiv tal-PN
Delia jgħid li l-vot tal-Kumitat Eżekuttiv tal-PN ma jwassalx biex jitneħħa l-Kap
Delia huwa obbligat jidderiġi lit-tesserati skont id-direzzjoni tal-Kumitat Eżekuttiv għall-ġid tal-partit – Louis Galea