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Opposition leader Adrian Delia said that this government is one of public relations (PR) and not a labour party, during his Parliamentary speech reacting to the budget. Delia said that budget presented by government has no vision or long-term planning. He insisted that the budget did not solve any of the problems government itself created. Furthermore, the economic model being present puts downward pressure on wages whilst increasing pressure on day-to-day items. The Malta Independent
Judge Antonio Mizzi can hear a case involving the Panama Papers, an appeals court said on Monday morning as it upheld an appeal filed by the Attorney General. The constitutional court found that while Nationalist Party MP Simon Busuttil was justified in highlighting concerns about a right to a fair trial, he had no right to ask for the judge to be recused, as he could not be considered a victim in the case. The Times
The fallout from the Liam Debono Xarabank interview debacle continued to rain down this morning, after Debono’s lawyer told a court that PC Simon Schembri, who was left disabled by the incident had “stepped in front of” the airing of the interview “just like he stepped in front of the car.“ The Malta Independent – TVM
Proponents of a new hotel to replace the former Tattingers disco and adjacent buildings in Rabat say part of the hotel grounds will be located on public land but a new passageway will be created for public access to Mdina ditch. MaltaToday
The Courts of Justice Director General Frank Mercieca was asked to remove himself from the courtroom during the constitutional case opened by blogger Manuel Delia against Justice Minister Owen Bonnici and the Director General of the Cleaning and maintenance division. The case has been opened after the shrine to commemorate the assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on the Great Siege monument in Valletta was repetitively removed. The Court has accepted the request made by Therese Comodini Cachia who is legally representing Manuel Delia and others in the case as Merceca might be asked to witness in the same case. Newsbook
Malta Enterprise approved 79 projects between January and September of this year. These had an investment of €87 million. One