Watch: Abela confirms Cardona’s resignation from PL deputy leader

Updated 03:30 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Robert Abela confirmed that former minister Chris Cardona has resigned from deputy leader of the Labour Party, stating that his resignation letter has made it to the party HQ.

However, in line with party procedure, he will stay on until his replacement is chosen in a general conference expected to take place next month.

When Court testimony first implicated Cardona in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Abela initially limited himself to hinting that the former minister should resign, stating that he knew Cardona would do the right thing for the party.

But Cardona, who has denied the claims, refused to follow suit, and on Tuesday, Abela revealed that he had formally asked for Cardona’s resignation.

News of Cardona’s resignation did not follow, until Abela told the press that his resignation letter had arrived on Wednesday morning. In an adjournment speech in Parliament yesterday, PN MP Jason Azzopardi said that it was worrying that the PM lacked the authority to outright remove Cardona, questioning whether Abela feared his deputy.

Cardona had resigned from Parliament last April; his seat was taken up by former Lija mayor Ian Castaldi Paris.

Labour thanks Cardona for loyal service

In a statement, the Labour Party confirmed receiving Cardona’s resignation letter this morning.

It thanked Cardona for “the political work he carried out loyally over the years within the party’s structures,” and said that it looked forward to the electoral process that would lead to his replacement.