Malta leader to re­sign amid protests over re­porter’s death

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

VAL­LETTA, Malta — Maltese Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat told the nation Sun­day night that he would re­sign in Jan­uary, fol­low­ing pres­sure from an­gry cit­i­zens for the truth about the 2017 car bomb­ing that killed an anti-cor­rup­tion jour­nal­ist.

In a tele­vised mes­sage, Mus­cat said he had in­formed Malta’s pres­i­dent that he will quit as leader of the gov­ern­ing La­bor Party on Jan. 12.

“As prime min­is­ter, I promised two years ago that jus­tice would be done in the case of the mur­der of Daphne Caru­ana Gal­izia,” Mus­cat said, be­gin­ning his speech, ad­ding that “today I am here to tell you that I kept my word.”

But the slain re­porter’s fam­ily con­tended Mus­cat’s de­par­ture won’t sat­isfy those in the nation who are de­ter­mined that cor­rup­tion be rooted out.

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