After weeks of tension between the two known factions within the Nationalist Party; that of leader Adrian Delia and ex-leader Simon Busuttil, the results of the vote of confidence in Delia taken by the Kunsill Generali shows that the current leader only enjoys the support and confidence of two-thirds of party members. Unlike previous PN leaders, who had the absolute support of the Kunsill Generali, one-third of PN councillors voted against the leadership of Adrian Delia and most reiterated that he should not continue to lead the party to the next general election. Delia managed to maintain his position with only 67% of the votes.
920 councillors voted for Adrian Delia, 586 failed to show him support, including 438 who voted against him, 126 who abstained and another 22 who cancelled their vote. Immediately after the vote, Busuttil’s faction recalled the strong vote of confidence obtained by ex-party leaders Eddie Fenech Adami and Lawrence Gonzi, who had both formerly gained more than 96 per cent of the confidence vote by the councillors.