In Malta, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced he will resign in mid-January, amid the investigation into the murder of prominent investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb in 2017.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat: “I will write to the president of the Labour Party so that the process for a new leader is set for the 12th January, 2020. On that day, I will resign as leader of the Labour Party. In the days after, I will resign as a prime minister.”
Malta’s richest man, Yorgen Fenech, has been charged with complicity in the journalist’s murder. He has been arrested in a separate money laundering case. The gambling tycoon is linked to Prime Minister Muscat’s former chief of staff. Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder has rocked Malta, where thousands have taken to the streets to demand justice and accountability. She was one of Malta’s most prominent journalists, who investigated corruption at the highest levels. She also reported on the Panama Papers before her death. One of Yorgen Fenech’s companies was listed in the Panama Papers, and Galizia reported on this company, 17 Black, before her murder.