Mar­lene Far­ru­gia ‘does not ex­clude’ con­test­ing un­der PN ticket

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - See the in­ter­view on www.in­de­pen­dent.com.mt

In­de­pen­dent MP Mar­lene Far­ru­gia said that she does not ex­clude that the Demo­cratic Party of which last week she was elected leader will con­test the next elec­tion un­der the Na­tion­al­ist Party ticket.

In­ter­viewed by The Malta In­de­pen­dent on­line ed­i­tor Stephen Calleja on the pro­gramme INDEPTH, to be broad­cast to­day on www.in­de­pen­dent.com.mt, Dr Far­ru­gia said dis­cus­sions on a pos­si­ble coali­tion be­tween the PN and PD started on an in­for­mal ba­sis with PN leader Si­mon Busut­til.

She be­lieves that the par­ties op­pos­ing the gov­ern­ment should join forces to elim­i­nate a gov­ern­ment that on the one hand re­duces the ben­e­fits of poor peo­ple while at the same time pro­motes “the right hand man and the left hand man (of the Prime Min­is­ter)” for open­ing com­pa­nies in Panama.

If needs be, the PN and the PD could con­test the elec­tion un­der one flag, she said, adding that she does not ex­clude that this flag could be that of the Na­tion­al­ist Party.

“We do not ex­clude any­thing that could work in the best in­ter­ests of the coun­try,” she said, say­ing that her party will try to con­vince the peo­ple that they de­serve a bet­ter gov­ern­ment than one which signs con­tracts be­hind their backs and, when tabling them in Par­lia­ment, blanks out some of the pages.

In the in­ter­view, Dr Far­ru­gia was also asked about her own po­lit­i­cal fu­ture and that of the PD, the role of small po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the of­fer that was made to her by Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat for her to take on the role of Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic and why she in­ter­rupted the PM dur­ing his bud­get ad­dress last Tues­day.

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