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Malta – Nationalist MP Chris Said mulling his next steps – Jean Pierre Debono co-opted in Parliament – PN Executive Committee President resigns – (Updated)

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Update : Gozitan Nationalist MP Chris Said, who has declared his and the Gozitans’ disappointment following the decision taken by the PN Executive Committee to nominate Jean Pierre Debono to replace Davis Stellini. In a Facebook post, Said said he’s mulling his next steps.

Opposition Leader Adrian Delia said this afternoon that he had no more time to waste on PN MP Jason Azzopardi’s outbursts on the social media. (The Malta Independent)

Earlier: The Nationalist Party has chosen Jean Pierre Debono to replace David Stellini in Parliament.

MaltaToday reports that the PN executive narrowly approved his nomination by 42 votes to 40.

A co-option was needed because Stellini had taken the place of Marthese Portelli in a casual election, after Portelli had relinquished the seat she won in Gozo following her election from two electoral districts, the other being the ninth.

The decision for Debono’s co-option was taken this morning at a meeting of the party executive committee, which debated the issue for nearly three hours before a secret vote was taken. (Malta Independent)

Mark Anthony Sammut resigned as Nationalist Party executive committee president on Saturday.

Mr Sammut informed his colleagues he was stepping down because he wanted to assume responsibility for the heavy PN defeat and wanted to express “disgust” at the party’s reaction to the result, sources told Times of Malta.

PN Sammut

MaltaToday reports that it is informed Sammut’s resignation came by way of assuming responsibility for the results of the PN at the European and local elections, in which the PN lost their third seat in Brussels, and key local councils like Valletta, Siggiewi, and St Paul’s Bay.

Earlier: TVM reports that “Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia was frank in his answer when he was asked if he feels like taking the advice from one of his predecessors.

Prior to attending the meeting of the PN Executive Committee, Dr Delia was asked if he will request a vote of confidence, and he replied “no”.

Asked again if he feels he should listen to the advice of former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi to put his leadership for a test, Dr Delia again replied “no”.

Earlier: The Executive Committee of the Nationalist Party  is underway  to discuss who would take the seat of David Stellini after resigning to return to his job at the EPP in Brussels.

MaltaToday reports Lawyer Kevin Cutajar has formally announced his bid to occupy the Nationalist Party seat vacated by David Stellini, potentially setting the stage for a further rift within the party.

Former MP, and Adrian Delia chief political advisor Jean-Pierre Debono, is the other nomination for the seat.

Cutajar, a Xagħra councillor, will be at the Nationalist executive committee meeting on Saturday to formally request his co-option to parliament. “Now that the election is over… I will be seeking to take David Stellini’s seat, which was earlier occupied by Marthese Portelli, so as to respect the Gozitan voters’ wish,” he wrote. “I’m sure the PN executive will respect Gozitan voters because the PN is Gozo’s party.”

Developing Story Via MaltaToday/TimesOfMalta / Newsbook / TVM / The Malta Independent 

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