An interview on PN’s radio station 101 said that the accusations against Richard Cachia Caruana are a frame-up. At the same time he does not know what the witnesses are going to say on Tuesday when the PN’s Executive Committee meets to discuss the request to the PN of MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando to expel Cachia Caruana. He also accused Pullicino Orlando of not sticking to the agreed procedures. Gonzi also said he is shocked by the declarations of Labour MPs Karmenu Vella and Joe Mizzi on Richard Cachia Caruana. Both of them have been named by Pullicino Orlando as witnesses in his case on Cachia Caruana.
Gonzi dismissed rumours that an election is round the corner and referred to the new candidates approved by the PN last Thursday as being persons who have the party at heart and do not put their personal ambitions first. He said there will be other new candidates on the PN ticket for the coming election. He said PN candidates should use the party internal systems and structures.
He said he cannot accept the fact that after being given all the necessary space to express themselves three MPs did not follow the party line when they were not given a free vote on the motions calling for the resignation of Carm Mifsud Bonnici from Home Affairs Minister and Richard Cachia Caruana from Malta’s EU Permanent Representative.