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Simon Busuttil and Marlene Farrugia to discuss forming coalition against corruption

Rachel Attard Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 09:51 Last update: about 4 years ago

Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil and Partit Demokratiku (PD) leader and Independent MP Dr Marlene Farrugia will meet in the coming days to discuss the formation of a coalition against corruption.

Both MPs confirmed the meeting in separate comments to The Malta Independent.

Last Sunday, Dr Busuttil urged people to join the PN in a coalition against corruption, “a coalition between people of good will who do not turn a blind eye to corruption”.

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After this statement, in a reply, Dr Farrugia wrote on Facebook that she was ready to work towards setting up a national coalition to ensure better governance, real social justice and the safeguarding of the environment. She said that this is the best gift one could give to the country on its 52nd anniversary since it attained Independence.

The Malta Independent asked Dr Busuttil and Dr Farrugia if they are ready to meet each other to discuss a way forward.

Dr Busuttil replied: “I am ready to meet Dr Farrugia to discuss a proposal for a national coalition against corruption.”

To the same question Dr Farrugia replied, “that the PD is ready to start discussing with the PN.”

When asked if she was going to attend the PN Independence mass meeting (held yesterday), Dr Farrugia said that she will not attend since her party is not yet formally established. She will be attending official Independence Day celebrations at St John’s Co Cathedral today.

Dr Farrugia added that she looks forward for a healthy coalition and she will make sure that things are done the right way.

Dr Farrugia resigned from the Labour Party last November. She had taken part in two Nationalist Party activities in protest against the use of ODZ land in Marsascala for the building of a new University and the Panama Paper scandal.

This newsroom also contacted Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson Prof Arnold Cassola and asked him if his party is ready to join the coalition mentioned by Dr Busuttil. Prof Cassola said “Dr Busuttil does not mean coalition in the sense used in continental Europe. What he actually means is the assimilation by the PN of small political parties. The real solution to the disastrous lack of ethics in Maltese politics is a multi-party parliament and not a consolidation of the two party system”.

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