MP Franco Debono on Sunday told Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi to stop harming the country and instead of clinging to power at all costs he should go to the President of Malta and inform him of whether he still has a majority in parliament.
Debono said that everyone is fed up of Gonzi. He brought this on himself and the party and the country through his dictatorial style of leadership.
Debono accused Gonzi of being detached from reality in the undemocratic way the PN is dealing with internal dissent.
Debono said of being weak with the strong and allowing ministers like Austin Gatt and Carm Mifsud Bonnici to make a mess of things he is strong with weak backbenchers and tries to crush them for demanding accountability from ministers.
On 13 April 2012 Debono posted a stern rebuke to PM Lawrence Gonzi on his Facebook page: “Lawrence Gonzi please note: hadd m’ghandu jindifen fil-mizbla, la mejjet u wisq anqas haj.” (Lawrence Gonzi please note: no one should be buried in the rubbish dump, neither dead and more so nor alive.) Identifying with Labour supporters persecuted and condemned to be buried outside sacred ground and thrown into hell 50 years ago by Archbishop Michael Gonzi, an uncle of the present prime minister, MP Franco Debono also says on his Facebook “The people of Malta are strong and industrious, they will survive the oligarchy.”
On Saturday 7 January 2012 Franco Debono had demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi saying that the decision to withdraw the ministerial salary increase of €500 weekly and the cabinet reshuffle were an admission of serious political mistakes committed over the past four years.
Franco Debono had said: "What happened today means that Lawrence Gonzi, who did not resign after blatantly disrespecting the will of the majority expressed in the divorce referendum, must now resign immediately since this is an admission that the country has gone through four years of suffering uselessly," Dr Debono said.
He also referred to powerful persons in the wings manipulating the political stage.
Franco Debono also said that the prime minister should call a general election. “I will not support this nonsense, this is the rape of the soul of the nation," Dr Debono said.
"I will not support an oligarchy in parliament as I was elected in a democracy."