The Malta Independent 26 September 2021, Sunday

Arnold Cassola to contest general election as independent candidate

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 09:42 Last update: about 11 days ago

Arnold Cassola will be contesting the 10th and 11th districts in the upcoming general election as an independent candidate.

In a statement, Cassola said: "The 55-year-old bi-party system has led to the political shambles we have today. Politicians are meant to serve the people and society. However, certain dishonest and greedy businessmen control certain MPs, from both parties, and even ministers who, on their part, have reduced what is supposed to be the noble vocation of politics to an exercise in greed, nepotism, cronyism and favouritism.”

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“Today, a number of our institutions do not favour the common man on the street. The big fish keep swallowing the small. Inequality rules. This has led to a good number of the Maltese having to struggle all their life to make ends meet. All this is unfair and unjust,” he said.

“The Maltese electorate has the choice of breaking this toxic mould of politics by electing to parliament independent and third-party candidates with real values, whose hallmark is honesty, integrity, credibility and consistency. If not, we will have much more of the same,”, he added.

“My 32 years in politics have taught me what is right from wrong. We, the people deserve better and we have the power to change the situation with our vote. Now is the time to change all that is wrong and unjust through our voting behaviour. My pledge is to exercise honest politics to serve all the people of Malta and Maltese society.”

Cassola is a veteran of the Maltese political stage, although he has never been elected in a Maltese election, having contested both general and MEP elections. 

He broke away from Alternattiva Demokratika (AD) – with whom he had always contested – in 2019 in a row over the party’s stance on abortion, and in fact contested the MEP elections of that year as an independent candidate as well.

He ended up receiving more first count votes by himself than AD did as a party.

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