The Malta Independent 6 August 2020, Thursday

Waiting for the President: MPs reluctant to speak as decision on Opposition Leader looms

Monday, 13 July 2020, 10:01 Last update: about 24 days ago

MPs entering Parliament this morning were all reluctant to give their views on the way forward as the wait for a presidential decision on the Opposition Leader enters its fourth day.

Last Friday, President George Vella completed his round of talks with Nationalist MPs following a vote taken in the PN parliamentary group against current leader Adrian Delia.

The waiting game then started, and a weekend has passed with no decision as yet being made.

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Constitutional experts have told the rebel MPs – the ones who have nominated Therese Comodini Cachia as their preferred choice for Opposition Leader – that the President has no other option but to understand that Delia no longer musters the confidence of the majority of the MPs on the opposition benches.

But other experts are arguing that Delia is still Nationalist Party leader and as such cannot be removed from the post of Opposition Leader until he loses his place as PN leader.

MPs Jason Azzopardi, Karol Aquilina and Herman Schiavone, two of the MPs who voted against Delia, said they are waiting for the President to make his decision public before commenting. Even PN deputy leader David Agius, who supports Delia, said that he declines to comment before the President announces his decision. Agius said that as things stand now, Delia is still Opposition Leader.

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