Leaders of five political parties will face off in the general debate oragnised by the University of Malta Debating Union and The Third Eye
The date has arrived for the most anticipated debate during this electoral campaign so far: six leaders will face off in the debate being held at the University of Malta.
The leaders who will be grilled by the students are: Prime Minister and Labour leader Joseph Muscat, Opposition leader and PN leader Simon Busuttil, Alternattiva Demokratika chairperson Arnold Cassola, Partit Demokratiku leader Marlene Farrugia, and Patrijotti Maltin’s Henry Battistino. Ivan Grech Mintoff of Alleanza Bidla was also invited but bowed out at the last minute.
Muscat and Busuttil have been granted 23 minutes of speaking time each, Cassola was granted 11 minutes, Battistino given 11 minutes, and Farrugia 10 minutes. Grech Mintoff had been allocated six minutes.
Organised by the University of Malta Debating Union and The Third Eye, the debate has fuelled controversy following leaked chat messages showing that a group of student PN supporters planned to “hijack” debate between.
The organisers have also drawn up a set of guidelines for students wishing to attend the debate, including that no bags or any items, including food and beverages, will be allowed into the hall. No one will be allowed to wear clothes bearing any political logos or slogans, and no form of “rowdy behaviour” such as booing, yelling or cheering shall be tolerated.
Police officers have also been dispatched to the University’s campus.
Whilst long queues gathered outside Sir Temi Zammit Hall, big screens were set up at the skate park. Tal-Ajkla’s Zaren Bonnici was also spotted on campus.