29 September 2012 or 6 October 2012 is being mentioned as a likely date for the general election. Parliament will soon be sent into summer recess and parliament will be dissolved without reconvening it at the end of summer.
Following the new flare-up within the PN Parliamentary Group leading to the condemnation of the three MPs: Franco Debono, Jesmond Mugliett and Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, with very little chance of healing the rift, the PN strategy team is telling Prime Minister and PN leader Lawrence Gonzi to call elections sooner rather than later.
Even those, like Minister Austin Gatt, who were pushing for an election in 2013, feel that the situation is getting worse by the day and making it more difficult for the PN to recover lost support.
This was discussed in the last parliamentary group held last week where MPs Debono, Mugliett and Pullicino Orlando were not invited. When called to attend the parliamentary group meeting several ministers made it clear that they would only attend if the three MPs would not be allowed to attend.