PN council meeting on donation in exchange for presidential pardon request

The PN board will meet on Sunday to respond to a claim by Jason Azzopardi over a donation to the party from someone seeking a presidential pardon.

On Saturday, the former MP took to Facebook to say he had stopped a donation that was being made in exchange for a pardon for the donor’s relative.

The PN has been in opposition since 2013.

Asked about the claim on NET TV, Bernard Grech flatly denied on Sunday that the party had received any such funds, saying he had called an urgent council meeting for 4 p.m.

The council will deal with the complaint and take the necessary action as the party believed in the rule of law and wanted to ensure there was no shadow on the party, he said.

Screenshot of Jason Azzopardi’s Facebook post on Saturday.

Grech looking for a strong mandate

Grech was also asked about his new candidacy for the position of leader of the PN.

The nomination period ended on Saturday, with no potential challengers coming forward. As the only candidate for the post, Grech will only need a simple majority vote among party councilors to be confirmed as head of the PN.

However, on Sunday he said he was seeking a strong mandate.

He admitted that all leaders, regardless of the size of the group they led, encountered some kind of resistance, and so it was important that advisers gave him a strong mandate.

Grech said he respects those who really have doubts about him and understands those who don’t want a strong mandate in his favor.

“No more fragmentation”

“I am confident, however, that advisers will understand how important it is, in this difficult time for the party, to have a strong message, and more fragmentation,” he said.

Grech also touched on Workers’ Day and 18 years of EU membership – both celebrated on Sunday.

The celebration of workers should not be symbolic, he said, but rather an acknowledgment of the need for workers.

Workers, he added, not only have the right to a job, but also the right to enjoy life, and they must therefore be protected against precarious employment.

“There are people who work from day to day without being able to plan their future finances or their personal life. So while policymakers need to ensure higher wages, they also need to invest in innovative, quality jobs that ensure good working conditions, so that people can live rather than just exist.

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