A closed Facebook group dedicated to the resignation of Dr Franco Debono from the parliament and the Nationalist Party has reached more than 7,700 members.
The group initially called "Flimkien ma' Lawrence Gonzi. Kollox Possibbli" has mostly Nationalist members.The request for his resignation is "made in the name of democracy", the group states in a note.
A recent member add-on to the group was Minister for Gozo Giovanna Debono. Others include PN candidate Claudio Grech and Minister Austin Gatt's son Gege Grech.
Rebel Nationalist backbencher MP Franco Debono said on ONE News: "All the troubles of this country arose because this Prime Minister chose to defend his incompetent ministers. And now HE has the cheek to put the blame on someone else ... This is totalitarianism."
Speaking to ONE News, Franco Debono hit at Austin Gatt and reiterated that the true emperors are those who do not seek to be held responsible and have been ruling the PN for the last 30 years.
He also revealed that he is thinking about contesting the decision of the Nationalist Executive Council to ban him from the PN ticket in the next general election.