Maltese prime minister announces he will resign in January  


Maltese prime minister announces he will resign in January  

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced he will step down in January over alleged links of his former top aide to the mur-der of a Maltese investigative journalist.

“I will write to the President of the Labour Party so that the process for a new Leader is set for 12th January 2020. On that day I will resign as a Leader of the Labour Party. In the days after I will resign as a Prime Minister,” he said in a statement on Sunday evening. 

It came after the ruling Labour Party parliamentary group on Sunday expressed “unanimous support” for Mr Muscat and “all decisions he will be taking.”

Maltese media had reported that Mr Muscat, who was expected to resign imminently, might stay in office till January, when a party congress must elect a new leader.

Party delegates will initially vote on January 8 before members choose between the two last standing candidates on January 18.

Mr Muscat has been under increasing pressure to quit since his former chief of staff Keith Schembri was last week linked to the 2017 killing of journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. 

Mr Schembri was among the government members targeted by her investigative reporting. The former chief of staff, who resigned last week, was arrested in the probe but later released.

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