I will not be a stopgap leader – Louis Galea

I will not be a stopgap leader – Louis Galea

first_imgPN trouble-shooter Dr Louis Galea told Newsbook.com.mt that he is not prepared to be a stop-gap leader. Galea was replying to questions made by this portal in the wake of the discussion ignited by RTK 103FM‘s programme, Newsline.During the same programme Galea’s reformist mission was endorsed by Ivan Bartolo who was the mind behind the letter calling for a meeting of the General Council to discuss a motion of confidence in party leader Adrian Delia.Galea has, meanwhile, started with his series of meetings with the PN local committees. The first was held in Gozo on Sunday and the rest will run up to Wednesday.“There are no such provisions in the statute”On Newsline, Ivan Bartolo said that if Delia loses a vote of confidence from the party members, Louis Galea could be there to provide continuity.Newsbook.com.mt asked Galea if this meant that he was ready to be an interim leader. “No” replied Galea.The PN grandee added that “The statute of the party does not provide for such a situation. According to the statute, the PN Leader has to be elected through a National Convention of the paid up members”.He further explained that the PN General Council would be discussing reforms needed by the party in a holistic manner, not simply focusing on the leadership.“Strength in diversity” – Ivan BartoloPN Executive committee member Ivan Bartolo, in the same programme, expressed his belief that the choice of Louis Galea as change-maker in the reform process was a very good decision. His outlook on the PN Executive Committee meeting held the previous Thursday too, was positive.READ: Watch: “Delia is not the problem” – Ivan BartoloREAD: ‘No invalid signatures’ – BartoloBartolo said that in the meeting of the Executive Committee, the members seemed to be finding strength in diversity saying that the petition he was piloting was already having positive effects. He added that the stagnation which had hallmarked the erstwhile status quo, was also being eroded.“Galea is far-sighted politician” – Peppi AzzopardiGuest speaker Peppi Azzopardi described Galea as a far sighted politician, a man with a vision for the future. He expressed the opinion that the problems facing the PN were not mainly structural. Azzopardi said that the leader needs to win the trust of the electorate so that the PN can find a place in the electorate’s heart once more. He added that Galea’s task was not only to say what reforms were necessary but also to formulate a communication plan for these reforms.READ: Is Delia the disease in the party? Louis Galea answersREAD: Dr Louis Galea appointed as AŻAD PresidentThe meetings started in GozoOn Sunday, Louis Galea invited the Presidents and Secretaries of the PN committees in Gozo as well as the Mayors, local councilors and members of the regional committee to a meeting in the party sub-headquarters. The meeting was attended by some three dozen persons.People who spoke to Newsbook.com.mt on condition of anonymity said that, as expected, the meeting reflected the tensions currently rife in the party with heated arguments and some harsh words dominating parts of the meeting. However, they added that the greatest part of the meeting was characterized by political arguments developed between those who signed the petition backing Delia and those who signed a petition asking Delia to shoulder the political responsibility of the electoral shambles and resign. The participants were offered the possibility of sending their views about the statute and other things in writing.Monday evening  Dr Galea will be meeting committee members from the 2, 3, 4 and electoral districts. Tomorrow Tuesday those invited hail from the 1, 6, 7 and 8 electoral districts while on Wednesday it is the turn of those from the 9, 10, 11 and 12 electoral districts.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img

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