Si­mon Busut­til urges sup­port­ers: Never give up

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

When he ad­dressed sup­port­ers in the foyer of the PN HQ, party leader Si­mon Busut­til said there is one big les­son to be learned from to­day's Con­sti­tu­tional Court judge­ment: Never give up.

Be­gin­ning and end­ing with the bat­tle­cry of the 1980s: Right­eous­ness pre­vails (Is-sewwa jir­bah zgur), he said that the judge­ment de­pends on a fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of democ­racy: ev­ery vote must count.

An elec­tion is won by votes, not by those who count the votes.

There are two MPs who should not be there, he said: Joe De­bono Grech (boos from the crowd) and Justyne Caru­ana. But try and get them out of their seats!

The ma­jor­ity the govern­ment be­gan with, nine seats, has now be­come five. In less than four years Joseph Mus­cat lost four seats, a seat ev­ery year.

It is now up to the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion to meet ur­gently to take into ac­count the Con­sti­tu­tional Court judge­ment.

The re­sult shows we must never give up.

Dr Busut­til men­tioned Ed­win Vas­sallo who al­ways be­lieved in the case and who was al­ways present at the court sit­tings. He also men­tioned and thanked Paul Borg Olivier who led the lawyer team.

The Labour Party at first pro­fessed in­dif­fer­ence in the court case. Then when PN won the case, Labour woke up and in­sisted on do­ing ev­ery­thing from scratch.

Then they ap­pealed at ev­ery stage. At one of the last sit­tings no less than half the Cabi­net was present, thus ex­ert­ing pres­sure on the judges.

While men­tion­ing Mr Vas­sallo, Dr Busut­til kept silent on who the sec­ond MP will be, even though Ann Fenech was right in front of him.

The two MPs, he told the crowd, will use the re­main­ing time of this leg­is­la­ture to work on be­half of the peo­ple, es­pe­cially the poor, the pen­sion­ers and the lower classes.

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