The PN leadership has after all decided to avoid having a total showdown with the three MPs it condemned through the Executive Committee for the way they voted on the motions in parliament calling for the resignation of Minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici and Richard Cachia Caruana.
The prevailing position in the PN leadership till yesterday was that the PN Executive Committee meeting on Thursday 12 July 2012 would expel from the party the three MPs Franco Debono, Jesmond Mugliett and Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando for voting in favour or abstaining in the motions calling for the resignation of Carm Mifsud Bonnici from Home Affairs Minister and Richard Cachia Caruana from Malta’s EU Permanent Representative or abstaining.
Last Sunday Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said it was unacceptable for PN MPs to vote with the Opposition. He said it was not enough to condemn the three MPs and the PN could not ignore what they had done. He said they would have to face consequences and the matter would not end there.
It now seems that after all the PN will be backing down from escalating matters and will not after all expel the three MPs. Pullicino Orlando has been promised a full discussion on his motion calling for the expulsion of Richard Cachia Caruana from the PN.
MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando had already said that if he is expelled from the PN, the Prime Minister should call an election as his government would have lost its parliamentary majority.