Malta-24 – News Briefing – Monday 29th June 2020

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Updated 1231 – No new cases of coronavirus, three recoveries

Malta has seen no new cases of coronavirus during the past 24 hours, consolidating a trend of six Covid-free days out of the past eight days. With three persons recovering, this means that only 22 active cases remain.

Updated 0911 – Newspaper Review

The Independent reports on an interview with Prime Minister Robert Abela who denied any knowledge of the ownership of Macbridge. The company was listed along with 17 Black as a target client of Panama companies owned by Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri.

The Times quotes Prime Minister Robert Abela who said he had no intention of expelling Joseph Muscat from the parliamentary group. He drew a contract between the former prime minister and Konrad Mizzi who was named in the Panama Papers leaks.

L-Orizzont quotes the Prime Minister who appealed for House representatives to exercise prudence with their parliamentary privilege, Robert Abela said that MP’s privilege has served Malta’s democracy well.

In-Nazzjon reports that PN Leader Adrian Delia called on the government to grant front liners in the coronavirus pandemic three days of paid leave as a sign of gratitude for their ‘extraordinary’ service.

The Times says that a freedom of information request into a direct order given by Enemalta to local company Beat Ltd. was turned down by the energy company. Beat Ltd. is owned by David Galea, who was tasked with drafting contracts that were subject to an investigation.

The Independent speaks to astrophysicist Joseph Caruana who warned that light pollution in Malta is getting worse every year. Caruana said that a public consultation by the government represents a step forward but called for concrete action beyond guidelines.

L-Orizzont speaks to Energy Minister Michael Farrugia who revealed that authorities are discussing a memorandum of understanding about road resurfacing projects that develop faults after a short time.

In-Nazzjon follows the closing of the Nationalist Party’s General Council on Sunday where leader Adrian Delia called on members to work together to create a better future for the party and the country.

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It’s a public holiday on the Maltese Islands as the country celebrates L-Imnarja, one of the oldest local celebrations. The Feast commemorates two Saints, Peter and Paul.

Sunday’s political agenda was once again dominated by the fall out from the revelations of improper dealings related to an Enemalta investment carried out in Montenegro.  Prime Minister Robert Abela has defended former PM Joseph Muscat, saying that he saw no problem with him staying on as a Labour MP.

However, The Times of Malta reported that Muscat has told friends and close associates that he intends to give up his seat in parliament around October.

Days after this revelation, Enemalta yesterday issued a statement justifying the trebling of the price for the windfarm in Montenegro, insisting that when the project changed hands, it had gone from an ‘almost dead’ status to ‘ready to build status.’

Opposition Leader Dr Adrian Delia continued to pile pressure on Government, insisting that everyone was responsible to help clear Malta’s name from corruption. “We must come together as a nation so that we can shoulder this responsibility together,” insisted the PN leader, making reference to the impending Moneyval test which is expected to be a make-or-break scenario for the Maltese financial services sector and wider economy.

Covid-19 News

Malta ended its week yesterday with another Covid-free day, the fifth last week. The Health Department said that one person recovered the previous day, meaning there are now 25 active cases.

CDE News

 

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