Friday, June 03, 2005

Azopardi airs question mark over labour merger

Former GSD (Gibraltar Social Democrats) deputy leader Keith Azopardi has expressed doubts over a possible merger between the ruling party and Labour, adding that “serious questions” must be asked about such a move.

As speculation continued yesterday after Tuesday’s meeting of the GSD executive, Mr Azopardi warned that a merger would have “repercussions”.

At the meeting, Chief Minister Peter Caruana was given the green light by his party to pursue talks with Labour and explore the possibility of joining forces.

“There are repercussions to this decision,” Mr Azopardi, who was minister for trade and industry during the first two GSD administrations, said yesterday.

“There are serious questions that need to be considered.”

But Mr Azopardi would not be drawn on what these questions might be, or on the potential repercussions of the merger.

“These are things I don’t want to comment on at the moment,” he told the Chronicle.
“It’s a time to reflect.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Feetham, Labour leader held a meeting of his executive last night.
He told the Chronicle that he had briefed them on the recent developments and that there had been unanimous approval of the plan to pursue a merger with the GSD. “There has not been one dissenting voice on this issue,” he said.


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