Chris Cardona confirms he will resign from Parliament

Miguela Xuereb

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Former minister Chris Cardona will be resigning his seat in Parliament, though he will continue to serve as the Labour Party’s deputy leader for party affairs.

Cardona, who served as Economy Minister in Joseph Muscat’s Cabinet but was left in the backbench by Robert Abela, confirmed his plans when contacted by The Birkirkara lawyer was first elected to Parliament in 1996, and has always been confirmed to his seat since.

He is expected to present his resignation letter tomorrow, when Parliament will be holding an extra sitting to debate the Nationalist Party’s motion calling for the revocation of the Steward Healthcare hospitals contract.

Labour thanks Cardona for his service

The Labour Party issued a statement after Cardona’s imminent resignation was made public, thanking him for “the work he always carried out in the interest of the Maltese public and his constitutents.”

During his time in Cabinet, Cardona was no stranger to controversy, particularly when a letter handed to the police by Yorgen Fenech – the Tumas Group scion accused of orchestrating Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder – named him last November. Cardona was questioned by Police and suspended himself from his ministerial duties – a move which appears to have no legal footing– before ending his suspension once the police decided not to charge him.

Fenech claimed that the note had come from Muscat’s chief of staff Keith Schembri, and Cardona ended up seeking the protection of Parliament over what he described as an attempted frame-up, only to be told that there was nothing the House could do.

A casual election will need to be held to fill his seat, with former PN mayor Ian Castaldi Paris believed to be most likely to succeed Cardona.

Chris Cardona to resign his seat in parliament. Next: Konrad Mizzi and Joseph Muscat.

Posted by Matthew Caruana Galizia on Wednesday, April 29, 2020