‘I love you’ – former Minister tells PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Former Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi took to Facebook to express his love to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The prime minister continues to face calls for his resignation, despite having announced that he will leave office after the 12 January, when Partit Laburista elects a new leader.

Another protest is planned for Monday afternoon outside the parliamentary building demanding Muscat’s immediate resignation.

Konrad Mizzi, who resigned last Tuesday, amid major pressure following the arrest last week of 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech, was among the first to take to Facebook. Fenech is also a shareholder in the power station company Electrogas.

In a letter in which he addressed the Prime Minister by his first name, ‘Joseph’, Mizzi thanked him for his work and success, heaping praise on Muscat and chronicling the successes of the PL-led administration, including the reduction in energy prices.

He concluded his message, claiming that Muscat’s departure is not a loss for Partit Laburista but for all the Maltese who really cherish the national interest.

In a video message, Muscat announced that he shall step down in January. Until then, Partit Laburista will have its internal election to elect a new leader. The new leader will be chosen on 12 January 2020 who will eventually become a prime minister.

Rule of law NGO Repubblika insisted that Muscat should pass the keys over to the Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne. The family of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia reiterated their call for Muscat’s immediate resignation, noting that his delayed resignation is an attempt to continue protecting himself and his former chief of staff Keith Schembri.