Monday Morning Briefing and Newspaper Review
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Good morning

These are the main stories from Malta’s newspapers front pages.

The Malta Independent says that favourite candidate for the presidency George Vella would be the second doctor to hold the position, after Ċensu Tabone between 1989 and 1994. Since then, the five presidents that followed hailed from the legal profession. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s term ends in April.

The Times says that the Education Ministry made pledges to impose fines of up to €5,000 for aggressive behaviour against educators. The Malta Union of Teacher made calls for higher security for school employees.

The Malta Independent reports the MEP Roberts Metsola is driving new legislation on border and coast security through the European Parliament. Proposed by the European Commission, the legislation seeks a stronger mandate to manage migration into the EU.

The Times follows Prime Minister’s address at a political event on Sunday during which the paper says he has defended the Opposition Leader’s position from ‘the powers that be’ within the Nationalist Party. Joseph Muscat reminded that Adrian Delia was elected party leader after a democratic process.

L-Orizzont also covers the political address and quotes Joseph Muscat who said that PN MP Simon Busuttil’s reaction to the court decision to overturn a decision to open an inquiry into the Panama Papers was ‘surreal’. The Prime Minister said that this shows a personal characteristic who only want to play their way.

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia who, at a political event, said that the party’s answer to attacks against him is to be closer to people. Delia said that he intends to keep fighting for public property, the environment, the vulnerable, and the value of life.

In other stories, L-Orizzont features an interview with a specialist who warns parents not to give mobile phones to children because of the heavy pornographic content that is easily available. In another story, the paper reports on a raid in Marsa on Sunday evening, in a broad anti-drug operation.

In other news we read

Prime Minister Theresa May is making a last-ditch attempt to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal as Tuesday’s key Commons vote looms closer.

President Trump vowed on Sunday to devastate Turkey’s economy if it targets Kurdish populations in northern Syria as the U.S. withdraws its forces, and called for a 20-mile safe zone between the Turkish border and U.S.-allied fighters.

Indonesia has found the cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air plane more than two months after the Boeing Co 737 MAX jet crashed into the sea near Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board, search officials said on Monday.

Polish town’s Gdańsk mayor was left fighting for his life on Sunday night after a convicted criminal stabbed him while on stage at a charity event. Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz grabbed his belly and collapsed after being stabbed in the abdomen multiple times in front of the audience.

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