Government loses majority
The government of Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi has lost its one seat majority in the House of Representatives.
Member of Parliament Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando is reported in the Malta Independent Online as having resigned from the ruling Nationalist Party (PN) but not from parliament. He stated in his resignation letter that he will continue to give the government ‘conditional support’ on those areas that formed part of its electoral programme.
Prime Minister Gonzi expressed confidence that the party would be able to see out its five year term. A general election must be held on or before 10th August 2013. The parliament is currently on its summer recess until 1st October with next year’s budget to be presented to parliament in November.
In the 2008 general election the Nationalist Party (PN) won 35 seats and the Malta Labour Party (MLP) won 34 seats in the 69 seat House of Representatives.