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Malta's PM to resign next month

Malta's PM to resign next month

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced he plans to step down.

The announcement came on Sunday evening, after growing calls for his resignation over the car bomb killing of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017. Ms Galizia had exposed corruption at the highest level in Muscat’s government and was killed when a bomb under a rental car she was using detonated.

Speaking on state TV, Mr Muscat said;

“I will write to the president of the Labour party so that the process for a new leader is set for 12 January 2020. On that day I will resign as leader of the Labour party. In the days after I will resign as prime minister,”

“Our country thus will start a short process of approximately a month for the Labour party to choose a new leader and a new prime minister.”

The family of Ms Galizia has called for Mr Muscat's immediate departure from office, saying in a statement;

“Until he resigns, we will use all legal remedies to ensure Muscat has no further involvement in the investigation and criminal proceedings, other than as a possible suspect.”

Mr Muscat has been the Prime Minister of Malta since March 2013 and the Leader of the Labour Party in Malta since June 2008.

 

 

Photo Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Flickr under licence (CC BY 2.0)

 

 

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