What Scandal? Konrad Mizzi Ranked Malta's Third Most Popular Minister Despite 17 Black

Tourism Minister remains popular with the electorate

Konrad Mizzi Celebration

Konrad Mizzi (left) celebrates his election to Parliament last year

The recent 17 Black revelations don’t appear to have severely dented the electoral popularity of Konrad Mizzi, with a recent survey ranking the Tourism Minister as Malta’s third most popular minister.

The survey was carried out by It-Torċa but published by Illum after the former newspaper decided not to publish it.

It shows Transport Minister Ian Borg is by far the most popular minister, with a whopping 52.3% of respondents choosing him, perhaps reflecting satisfaction at the several road expansion that have been carried out under his watch.

Fearne, widely tipped as Joseph Muscat’s possible successor as Prime Minister, comes second with 27.4%, while Konrad Mizzi is ranked third with 8.4%.

Finance Minister Edward Scicluna is fourth with 5.7%, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo fifth with 2.7% and Justice Minister Owen Bonnici sixth with 1.4%.

Partit Demokratiku today filed a motion of no confidence against Mizzi in light of the 17 Black reports. Contacted by Lovin Malta, Labour whip Byron Camilleri downplayed concerns that some Labour MPs could vote for Mizzi’s removal as minister, stating that “the Labour parliamentary group is united, as always”. Nationalist whip Robert Cutajar said the party will discus it at a future parliamentary group meeting.

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