My daughter’s murder was a very serious trauma for all of us, we hope it will serve to change Malta – Michael Vella

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Daphne has always been strong. If she decided to do something, she had to carry it out. He had the urgency to tell the truth. Her murder, though expected, was a very serious trauma for all of us. But perhaps it will serve to change Malta. Thanks to the lifesaver that can be represented by the European Union, we will probably be able to create a new, cleaner, more credible democracy.

Michael Vella, Daphne Caruana Galizia’s father said this in an interview given to Corriere Della Sera in an interview published on its online version on Monday.

Meanwhile, various international media outlets reported the latest developments related to the Prime Minister’s announcement about his resignation and linking this to the investigations on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder.

Malta’s premier to step down over journalist murder probe

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said he will step down in January. He has been under intense public pressure over a murder probe into the 2017 car bombing that killed investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Deutsche Welle

Malta’s PM announces plan to step down amid crisis over murdered journalist probe

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, engulfed in crisis over the probe into a murdered journalist, announced on Sunday he planned to step down, saying he would ask his ruling Labour Party to start choosing a new leader for the country next month.

Euronews

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Malta prime minister Joseph Muscat to resign in new year

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced on national TV that he will step down in the new year, amid a crisis over a murdered journalist.

BBC 

Malta’s PM quits in crisis over Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

Malta’s embattled prime minister Joseph Muscat has resigned, driven from office by the constitutional and political crisis triggered by the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The Guardian


 

As expected, Malta’s Newspaper front pages also cover the latest developments.

The Times leads with a televised address by Joseph Muscat announcing that he will step down as Labour Party Leader on January 12 and as Prime Minister ‘in the days after’. Muscat said that this is what the country needs.

The Independent quotes the Prime Minister who said he has written to the president of the Labour Party to initiate a process to elect a new party leader.  He has also informed President George Vella of his intentions to step down.

Malta Today reports that the PL parliamentary group agreed unanimously on a timeframe in the lead-up to party leadership elections on January 18. The group met at Girgenti Palace on Sunday morning.

In-Nazzjon says that the process to start a new Labour Party leader will start on January 12, paving a way for a new Prime Minister.  The paper says Muscat will leave following Keith Schembri’s and Konrad Mizzi’s resignations.

L-Orizzont says that Joseph Muscat will leave ‘at his best’: while public approval in him is at its highest. The paper quotes the Prime Minister who, in his national address, thanked those who trust in him.

The Independent reports on a protest organised by civil society NGOs on Sunday afternoon, calling for the immediate removal of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The paper says this was the largest turnout in past weeks.

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia who said that the Prime Minister’s position is no longer tenable and called for his immediate resignation. The paper announces that the PN will boycott events where Muscat is present.

The Independent says that PN Leader Adrian Delia is planning to reinstate MP Simon Busuttil in the shadow cabinet following a reshuffle. The former leader is believed to have accepted the offer after a series of meetings between the two.

via BeInformed – CiConsulta’s Media Monitoring Service

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