Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi is set to announce the election date on Monday. On the same day parliament meets to vote on the Budget for 2013. A government that is defeated on its budget has to resign as it becomes powerless and unauthorised to spend tax payers’ money.
On Monday government will be facing a vote of confidence that could have been avoided had Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi accepted to have a no confidence motion on Minister Austin Gatt debated and voted on in parliament. The motion was tabled by MP Franco Debono two months ago and calls on Gatt to resign following the fiascos of Arriva, ARMS Ltd, BWSC, Fairmount and the privatization of car parks.
Gatt has refused to resign from his ministerial post. Last year to save Gatt in a no confidence vote, Gonzi turned it into a vote of collective cabinet responsibility. On Friday Labour leader Joseph Muscat accused Prime Minister Gonzi of putting Gatt before the good of the country.
Gonzi has known for at least two months that he does not enjoy majority support in parliament with Gatt remaining a minister in his cabinet.
Gonzi’s decision to call the election on Monday is an attempt to try and avert a defeat in the parliamentary vote on the budget.