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Malta News Roundup

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Parliament voted in favour of Constituti­onal amendments to widen the participat­ion of women in the Chamber. The reform introduces a requiremen­t of 40 per cent minimum representa­tion of either gender in parliament in the next legislatur­es.

Investigat­ions revealed that a secretive company called Macbridge is owned by Chen Cheng, a Chinese negotiator involved in multimilli­on projects by Enemalta. Macbridge was listed as a target client by offshore companies owned by Minister Konrad Mizzi and chief of staff Keith Schembri.

Malta presented a five-year state aid financing plan for Air Malta to the European Commission. Meanwhile the government has transferre­d the national carrier’s brand name to IP Holding, a public company, for €21 million.

The Nationalis­t Party suffered an attack on its IT systems, with hackers threatenin­g to publish stolen data unless their demands for payment are met. Party sources said that stolen informatio­n posted on the dark web seems genuine.

The government is planning to allow restaurant­s to re-open by midmay, but not dates have been set for bars and band clubs. Health authoritie­s prefer to open restaurant­s first and see whether this will have any impact on coronaviru­s cases before reopening bars.

The Cabinet rejected a pardon request by the alleged hitmen in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder, who requested immunity in exchange for informatio­n on major crimes. In a statement, the

government said it took the advice of the attorney general and the police commission­er.

The number of final deeds of sale relating to residentia­l property amounted to 1,229 in March, with a total value of €259.3 million. The figures represent a 32.9 per cent increase compared with the same period in 2020.

Almost 100 NGOS called on the government to retract new Legal Notices that regulate public fundraisin­g activities with immediate effect. In a joint statement, they criticised the introducti­on of ‘impractica­l’ regulation­s that do not reflect the realities of the voluntary sector.

Deputy Attorney General Philip Galea Farrugia told the court that murder suspect Yorgen Fenech requested an urgent flight by private jet and tried to transfer money from his Dubai company on the eve of his arrest in 2019.

Public Health Superinten­dent Charmaine Gauci confirmed two instances of blood-clotting in vaccinated patients but said that the cases are not related to the inoculatio­n. Nearly 70 percent of administer­ed vaccines were from Pfizer-biontech and 28 percent were Astrazenec­a doses.

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