20 hours later, Delia tweets apology for arriving late for swearing-in ceremony

Adrian Delia kept the President of Malta, the Attorney General and other dignitaries waiting for more than an hour for his swearing-in ceremony as leader of the Opposition

Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia was sworn in as leader of the Opposition
Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia was sworn in as leader of the Opposition

20 hours after being sworn in as leader of the opposition, Adrian Delia took to Twitter to apologise for arriving more than an hour late for the ceremony on Friday.

Delia’s swearing-in ceremony was scheduled for 5.30pm at the President’s Palace in Valletta but the PN leader only arrived at 6.40pm, leaving President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the Attorney General and other dignatories and guests awaiting his arrival.

In a tweet posted today at 2.38pm, Delia apologised for arriving late.

“While thanking @presidentMT and dignitaries for yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony, I apologise for taking longer than expected to arrive,” he wrote.

Delia was accompanied by his wife Nickie Vella de Fremeaux and his five children.

The majority of the members of the PN’s parliamentary group were present, as were Peter Micallef and Jean-Pierre Debono, both of whom gave up their seat to allow Delia to become an MP.

Former leader Simon Busuttil was not present.

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