SO there will be no coronation for leadership of the GSD – but the list of candidates offers members little choice.
There seems little ambition among its leading figures for the job – only interim leader Roy Clinton and the returning former Deputy Prime Minister Keith Azopardi seem to have the appetite for it.
Although the GSD were relieved that the leadership of the party would not pass uncontested there has been disappointment in some quarters that there is not a wider choice of candidates. The two who have thrown their hats in the ring will go head to head on November 30.
There were rumours that former GSD MPs might also be prepared to stand but Peter Montigriffo indicated at an early stage that he had declined to enter the fray. Another thought to have been widely encouraged was Damon Bossino but he too has stepped away from the challenge.
Mr Azopardi said that he was looking forward to setting out his ideas to the Executive and members in the coming weeks and building on the work that had been achieved over the past few years to present a strong alternative for Government at the next general election.
Mr Clinton who stepped into the interim leader role when Daniel Feetham stood down confirmed that he had submitted his nomination after being encouraged to do so by party members adding that he would serve as leader for as long as the Executive and members choose.