Parliament is set to go into its summer recess on Wednesday 11 July and all indications are that it will not meet again before the next election which is still very likely to be held in late September or early October 2012. Parliament will be dissolved without reconvening it at the end of summer.
Government wants to avoid bringing any motion or bill on which a vote is called as it does not want to lose another vote in parliament before the election.
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.