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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.

Keith Schembri has resigned, PM confirms

Keith Schembri has resigned, PM @Joseph Muscat confirms“I had various discussions with Keith Schembri, and he said he would be resigning in the day. I thank him for the contribution he gave… he had a crucial role, and I thank him for shouldering this burden.”Muscat said his new chief of staff will be Mark Farrugia.“I take responsibility for the fact that I have kept him as chief of staff, yes.. he has now decided to move on. It’ a conversation we’ve had for some time… he had signalled to me that it was matter of time.”Asked whether he regretted not probing the 17 Black allegations, Muscat shrugged off the questions: “I am criticised for acting like an ‘investigator’… there is an independent probe that has started already… I never turned a blind eye, and what is happening now and last week, with the operation leading to, hopefully, solve the assassination, shows the institutions are working.”Muscat said he would not step back, and said he would not seek re-election beyond his second term. “My role now is to navigate this time in the best possible manner.”

Posted by MaltaToday on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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