Independent MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando had a meeting with the Speaker of the House, Michael Frendo, this morning, where he formally informed him that he was no longer a member of the PN parliamentary group.
In a statement, the Office of the Speaker said Dr Pullicino Orlando handed in a letter which read:
I would like to inform you that I have resigned from the Nationalist Party. I have informed the leader of the party Dr. Lawrence Gonzi that, while I still consider him to be the Prime Minister of Malta, I no longer form part of his parliamentary group and do not consider the PN parliamentary whip as having any form of authority with regard to my actions in the coming months. I intend to continue serving out my term in the House of Representatives as an independent member.
Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orland M.P."
The Speaker's Office said Dr Pullicino Orlando explained that he considers himself as being in a coalition with the government and he will continue to support the government in parliament unless he declares otherwise for some specific motion or bill.
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