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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced that his chief of staff Keith Schembri has resigned, and Mark Farrugia will be appointed in his stead.
Schembri is expected to be questioned by the Police, as part of their investigation into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
During a press brief on Tuesday, Muscat spoke about the parliamentary group meeting which took place on Monday at the Office of the Prime Minister. He said that during the meeting, each member of the parliamentary group spoke out openly. Adding that he asked for a secret vote of confidence, which resulted in unanimous approval of his leadership. He thanked Schembri for the work carried out for the government over the past years.
Muscat said that the country needs stability, adding that he will continue taking decisions in the upcoming hours and days. Muscat said that once the investigation is over, he will give an account of the decisions that he took personally.
Fielding questions from the media, Muscat said that he takes responsibility for keeping him as chief of staff, adding that ‘now he has decided to move on’. Pressed further about what prompted Schembri to move on, Muscat said that it is ‘a conversation they had for some time’.
Asked whether he intends to resign, Muscat said that his role is to ensure that the country has stability, adding that he had repeatedly went on record saying that he does not intend to serve more than two terms in office.
‘I would definitely resign if there is any sort of association between myself and the murder,’ Muscat told reporters on Tuesday.
Police to interrogate Keith Schembri
The Police will be questioned the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, according to a report by The Times. It is understood that 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech made claims about Schembri during his interrogation.
More detail will follow.