Opposition files motion to review Speaker’s ruling

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A motion to review a ruling given earlier this week by Speaker of the House Anġlu Farrugia was filed by the Opposition on Wednesday morning.

On Monday, Farrugia ruled that the Standards in Public Life Committee cannot call on former disgraced Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to be questioned over granting a consultancy contract to former disgraced Minister Konrad Mizzi after he stepped down in 2019.

Muscat subsequently stepped down from prime minister and later from MP in 2020.

In a statement signed by Good Governance shadow minister Karol Aquilina and Foreign Affairs shadow minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici who also sits on the parliamentary standards committee, the PN said it believed that the ruling “brought to nothing” the functions, powers and the obligations of the committee by rendering it toothless with those who like Muscat were found guilty of abuse of power and in breach of their statutory and ethical duties.

Moreover, the Speaker’s ruling meant that one could easily escape responsibility for abuse of power committed during their time as MP.

This is unacceptable, Aquilina and Mifsud Bonnici said as they described the ruling as a “confirmation” that “institutionalized impunity” reigned in the highest institution of the country in reference to Parliament.

“This is undermining our democracy and rule of law,” the Opposition said.

The Opposition insisted that the ruling should be revised to reflect the spirit and wording of the Act for Standards in Public Life.

Should Joseph Muscat be summoned before the committee?

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