These are the main headlines reviewed by our editorial and research team for today.
Members of the Labour Party congress are today voting to elect the candidate who will be the new leader of the party. The members, amounting to some 17,500 persons, are choosing between two candidates – deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne and deputy Robert Abela. Source: TVM
Malta has offered to host Libya peace talks during an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council Meeting that was convened on Friday in Brussels at the request of the High Representative President Josep Borrell Fontelles. Source: MaltaToday
Health Minister and Labour leadership hopeful Chris Fearne has removed his chief of staff Carmen Sammut over a conflict of interest that had been flagged by Times of Malta when she first joined his private secretariat in 2018. Source: Times of Malta
A match in Gozo was abandoned by the referee after one of the assistant referees was attacked by a player, Net Replay reports. Two Sannat players were sent off late in the game, which is when the official was attacked. Source: The Malta Independent
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Malta’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘A+’ with a Positive Outlook, despite unfolding corruption allegations and a recent rise in political volatility. Foreign demand is expected to contribute positively despite the mild forecast slowdown in Malta’s trading partners. GDP growth is forecast to edge down to 4.5% in 2020 and 4.2% in 2021. Source: Newsbook