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Delia parliamentary motion with CSN demands for resignation of Police Chief and AG turned down

Julian Bonnici Monday, 23 October 2017, 18:38 Last update: about 26 days ago

PN Leader Adrian Delia has presented a motion to parliament to urgently discuss the demands put forward by the Civil Society Network to President Marie-Louise Colerio Preca after yesterday's demonstration in Valletta.

Thousands gathered on Republic Street yesterday, as the Civil Society Network called for the removal of the police commissioner and the attorney general, and for the government to replace them with two other nominees approved by two-thirds of Parliament.

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Michael Briguglio, who was speaking at the end of the demonstration, also called on the President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who was in attendance, to help the country out of this crisis.

In a short intervention at the Grandmaster's Palace, the President said that "It was an attack on all of us, every single one of us. We need to see how we are going to work together.  We need to unite to have the reform that is needed. This is a moment to show solidarity forget differences and remember that there's a family that's suffering."

Speaker Anglu Farrugia ruled that in the absence of the consensus, the debate would move to a different sitting after Government Whip Byron Camilleri said that the sitting will continue with the scheduled agenda.

Delia called on the other side of parliament to second the motion and begin the debate this evening, however, this was refused by PL MPs.

This created a fiery debate as parliamentarians shouted over one another as the Speaker failed to take control of the house. with PN MPs insisting that the debate needed to happen urgently, given that the public is seriously concerned. Camilleri retorted by saying that the opposition does not respect the Speaker's authority. 

PN MPs refused to back down, and by quoting on standing order 13 and calling on the PL MPs to clarify whether they felt that debate was a matter of public urgency; however, the Speaker clarified that this could not be applied due to order provisions as he felt that there was clearly no consensus between the both sides to continue the debate.


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