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Konrad Mizzi was expelled from the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Group. This was announced by Prime Minister Robert Abela following a meeting that was held between the PL Parliamentary Group and the Executive Committee. This follows Mizzi’s refusal to resign.
The decision on Mizzi follows the allegations concerning the Panama Papers and 17 Black.
Abela went on to say that ex-PM Joseph Muscat’s case differs completely from that of Mizzi’s because the only mistake he made was to not make the decision at the right time. For this, he has paid the ultimate political price, stated Abela. Muscat was not present for the meeting, but Abela did not explain why.
The PM said that 71 out of 73 voters voted Mizzi out. Someone abstained, while the other voted against. The vote was anonymous, and Mizzi was present virtually since he’s currently in quarantine.
Furthermore, Abela said that there will be no early election.
Prior to the meeting’s conclusion
Sources close to the Partit Laburista told Newsbook.com.mt that there is a general consensus among members of the Parliamentary Group and the Executive Committee of the PL that former star candidate and now disgraced minister, Konrad Mizzi, must go.
The same sources said that Mizzi should have been intelligent enough to jump ship before he suffers the humiliation of being thrown out.
They added that once the Prime Minister took a public stand there is no going back. Mizzi must go, they said. The same sources did not exclude the possibility of Mizzi being expelled from the party. The big problem, they added, is not Mizzi. What will happen to Muscat if Mizzi has to leave because of the Montenegro Scandal? The same sources added while saying that that would be a much tougher nut to crack.
Mizzi professes innocence
Mizzi, Tuesday afternoon, wrote a post on Facebook stating that the Prime Minister asked him to leave the Parliamentary Group. Mizzi said that he does not agree. He not only professed his innocence but waxed lyrical about what he considers to be great achievements.
Newsbook.com.mt had reported that Prime Minister Abela, weeks back, had sent messages to Konrad Mizzi asking him to resign from Parliament. Mizzi stood his ground and resisted the ‘invitation’.
Mizzi was the star candidate of the 2013 general election. But his rise to fame changed into a rise into noteriety after it was discovered that together with disgraced former Chief of Staff Keith Schembri he opened companies in Paname just after getting into power. The names of Mizzi and Schembri came up whenever there were accusations of corruption tied to mega-projects proposed initiated under the Labour administration. Electrogas, Vitals, db Group project in Pembroke, the mega projects in Mrieħel and so on and so forth.
The Montenegro Scandal was reported on by Newsbook.com.mt last November. This news website broke the story that Yorgen Fenech told the police that he was ready to spill the beans about this scandal. The police made a presentation to Cabinet. Present at that meeting was Robert Abela who later became Prime Minister.
When the Montenegro Scandal hit the international press Abela had no option but to move and move quickly particularly because of the Monyval report which is due shortly.
The Labour Party is currently holding an urgent Parliamentary Group meeting in Ħamrun. During this meeting, the members of the group will be discussing whether Konrad Mizzi should be kicked out of the Labour Parliamentary Group or not.
A number of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries have arrived but they remained tight-lipped when asked by journalists whether they believe that Konrad Mizzi and Joseph Muscat should resign from the Labour Party Parliamentary Group, or from Parliament.
Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne said that he will say what he has to say in the meeting, whilst Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said that in a few hours, the public will know what is being discussed.