Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi has refused to say whether his resignation was floated during the first Labour Parliamentary group meeting following the arrest of Yorgen Fenech.
“We had a civil discussion, we reaffirmed our strong support for the Prime Minister,” Mizzi told Lovin Malta after the meeting, referring to a secret confidence vote which Joseph Muscat won unanimously.
Although the parliamentary group has declared its unanimous support for Muscat, the Labour Party has given absolutely no mention of its current position when it comes to Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.
And Mizzi refused to say anything when it came to his own support with the parliamentary group.
“It was serene, I gave you all the answers before” Mizzi said, continuing to ignore repeated questions over the matter.
Throughout today and yesterday, Labour Party figures, included ministers, current and former, MPs, and other activists, have called for Mizzi and Schembri’s resignation.
Earlier, Mizzi insisted with the press that he has no association with 17 Black, the company owned by Yorgen Fenech, and that he doesn’t feel he should shoulder political responsibility.
Leaked emails from the Panama Papers have shown that Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri had planned to receive large sums of money from 17 Black, a Dubai company owned by Fenech, and Macbridge, a Dubai company whose owner is as yet unknown.