The Malta Independent 5 December 2021, Sunday

‘Nice try’, Fearne says when asked to reveal election date

Kevin Schembri Orland Friday, 15 October 2021, 12:03 Last update: about 3 months ago

Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne kept his lips tightly sealed as to when an election will be called.

Asked if he could give an indication as to when the election would be called, whether it would take place in November given the uncertainty the situation is calling.

“Nice try, but no I won’t be telling,” he said.

Asked again about the election, he said that it is the PN constantly trying to anticipate an election.

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“An election needs to take place by Summer but it is the Prime Minister’s prerogative in terms of when to call it, that is what the constitution says and that is what will happen. It is the PN, each day, which is trying to anticipate. Why? I am not sure, but I suspect the PN wants to have an opportunity to again change its leader. But that is just my suspicion. We will call the election when it is in the best interest of the people.”

There has been much speculation that Prime Minister Robert Abela may call a snap election for before the end of the year – with late November being mooted as a possibility.  However Abela has remained coy on speculation, saying that he wanted to see the budget announced earlier this week implemented before calling an election.

The Labour Party currently hold a nearly unassailable lead in the opinion polls, although PN leader Bernard Grech last Sunday said that he was hopeful of a “silent majority” turning up on election day to vote for his party.

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