Muscat publishes his resignation letter

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has published his resignation letter on Monday afternoon.

Muscat had announced his resignation to resign on 1 December and resigned from the post once MP Robert Abela was elected leader of Partit Laburista.

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The letter dated 13 January was published on Facebook, after Muscat consulted with the Office of the President.

Writing on Facebook, Muscat said that it respect President George Vella’s decision not to publish any correspondence he receives, with the former prime minister offering to publish the letter himself to avoid “needless speculation” claiming that this was shown by the letter’s content.

In his letter, Muscat informed President George Vella that he would resign from his position as Prime Minister after the new Labour leader was elected. He informed the President that he would retain his seat in the House of Representatives.

Muscat informed the President that the Cabinet was aware of his intentions and that the Speaker of the House was also informed.

Muscat went on to thank the President for the opportunity to gave him to help him to lead the country, noting that the party had secured a mandate with an unprecedented majority.

The former prime minister had announced his intention to resign amid a constitutional and political crisis triggered by the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

During the same period, Muscat had announced that his then Chief of Staff Keith Schembri resigned. Schembri’s resignation was followed by Konrad Mizzi’s resignation as Tourism Minister.

Mizzi has since then been expelled from Partit Laburista.

Economy Minister Chris Cardona had initially suspended himself. In June, the former minister was under pressure to resign from his post as deputy leader of the party after he was named in court in connection with the murder of Caruana Galizia. He then resigned from the House of Representatives.

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Letter doesn’t reconcile with Vella’s ‘excuse’ – Aquilina

Opposition MP Karol Aquilina said that the content of Muscat’s resignation letter did not reconcile with the reasoning behind President George Vella’s decision not to publish the letter.

President Vella had said that “the public interest that is served by non-disclosure outweighs the public interest in disclosure.”