Muscat challenges government to present budget

Labour leader Joseph Muscat challenges the Nationalist government to go ahead and present the budget, which could lead to the government's demise.

Labour leader Joseph Muscat.
Labour leader Joseph Muscat.

The Opposition is challenging government to go ahead with its declared plan to present the Budget despite the political turmoil Lawrence Gonzi is facing from within his backbench.

Labour leader Joseph Muscat today said Labour will not table a no-confidence motion in government, but will instead wait for the government to present the 2013 Budget.

The budget is a money bill and if government fails to muster a majority in favour of any such bill, the President of the Republic will have to intervene and the most likely outcome will be the dissolution of Parliament and elections will be announced.

So far, Nationalist MP Franco Debono is threatening not to vote for the Budget if transport minister Austin Gatt does not resign his Cabinet position.

In the wake of yesterday's protracted decision by the Speaker on the Opposition's request to discuss Debono's motion of no-confidence against transport minister Austin Gatt, and another Opposition motion calling for the repeal of the privitisation of public car parks, Muscat said his party respected the Speaker's ruling, although it did not necessarily agree with it.

"Unlike the PN, Labour will not attack Speaker Michael Frendo for his ruling in the same way the PN attacked the Broadcasting Authority in recent weeks. We are not here to hinder government but to do our work which we are doing well and within the rules of the game," Muscat said.

Muscat challenged the government to go ahead with its plan to present the budget and "shoulder the responsibility."

"The government is responsible for creating tension in the country. If the government is stable then it will go ahead without any problems," he added.

The PL leader added that a new Labour government will update the rules of Parliament. Muscat explained that yesterday's ruling "confirms that Parliament's rules are outdated and calls for a much-needed reform."

He stressed that a Labour government will respect its commitment to call a Constitutional Convention to kick-off the process to create the Second Republic.

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mr muscat there is no need to challenge the prime minister to present the budget because he has already decided that. the vote on the budget will condemn franco debono and he knows about the responsibilities and consequences he has to carry on. by presenting the budget the pn will be in a better position to fight the next elections. muscat and franco understand this fact. ONLY GONZI KNOWS WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP.
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This position, regarding Parliament's rules and other matters has also been the one adopted by Franco Debono. It seems some sense still exists in Malta.
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Kieku jien flok Joseph Muscat, lil gvern noffrilu il `pairing` fuq il budget...halli inkompli inhawwadlu il borma....
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Challenge accepted.
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That's the right spirit. Now let us wait and see what will be the reaction of the PN apologists to this?
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" .... He stressed that a Labour government will respect its commitment to call a Constitutional Convention to kick-off the process to create the Second Republic ....." --- min jaf issa gonzipn kif se johrog qatta bla habel kontra din il-proposta biex minghalih ibaxxi l-istima tan-nies fil-partit laburista !!!!! min jaf biex hiereg !!! min jaf kemm gej gideb, tghawwig tal-fatti, qerq ... insomma l-istess tattika tas-soltu, xejn gdid !!!!
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" .... He stressed that a Labour government will respect its commitment to call a Constitutional Convention to kick-off the process to create the Second Republic ....." --- min jaf issa gonzipn kif se johrog qatta bla habel kontra din il-proposta biex minghalih ibaxxi l-istima tan-nies fil-partit laburista !!!!! min jaf biex hiereg !!! min jaf kemm gej gideb, tghawwig tal-fatti, qerq ... insomma l-istess tattika tas-soltu, xejn gdid !!!!