During tomorrow’s mass meeting of the PN, Lawrence Gonzi is obviously expected to seek the people’s trust but it has been learnt that he will make a statement that he would resign from Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationalist party should he win the next election.
This is the move recommended by the PN strategy team, led by Richard Cachia Caruana and Austin Gatt. The PN hopes that such a decision would accommodate the factions that do not want Lawrence Gonzi to stay on as leader. However, this statement would also increase the uncertainty and instability in the government of the country and would intensify the contest for post-Gonzi leadership of the PN.
Very reliable sources have told ONE news that the strategy team decided that Gonzi should make this announcement just a short while before dissolving parliament and calling a general election.
In the last few days, it was decided that Lawrence Gonzi should make this statement during the traditional Independence Day mass meeting.
The strategy team was not unanimous on the decision to make Lawrence Gonzi announce his stepping down after the next election. However, Cachia Caruana and Austin Gatt are hoping in a sympathy vote whilst others believe that this would have a negative effect on the PN since the electorate would be asked to give a vote to a leaderless party.
Richard Cachia Caruana and Austin Gatt believe that the people know that Gonzi cannot do well against Joseph Muscat. They know that there are several factions in the Nationalist Party who believe that GonziPN did not work. The fact that he will be replaced immediately after the next election might encourage some lost voters to return to the PN fold.