Prime Minister Joseph Muscat will make a decision on whether or not he will resign once arraignments are completed and the “chapter is closed”.
“I always said I did not intend to seek reelection. My role is to navigate the country through this turbulent time,” Muscat said.
Yesterday, Muscat was given a unanimous vote of confidence by his parliamentary group in his leadership. The discussion is believed to have been focused on Schembri.
Earlier, Muscat revealed that his chief of staff Keith Schembri had resigned. Schembri is currently in lockup after Yorgen Fenech revealed fresh details on corruption cases Schembri may be involved in.
“I thank Keith for the work he has done,” Muscat said, refusing to entertain the idea that he had closed his eye to corruption in Malta.
“I do take responsibility for the fact that I kept him as Chief of Staff,” he continued.
Asked what prompted Schembri’s resignation, Muscat said they had been discussing him leaving “for a while”.
Muscat revealed that over the next few hours and days, he will take advice from key institutions to make massive decisions for the country.
He refused to answer any questions on the investigation after he was criticised for wearing for too many hats in the investigation, despite the links his closest allies have.
Muscat also refused to be drawn into questions concerning the possibility of Fenech’s pardon.
“Oh my god! That is premature, let the investigators do their work,” he said.