Former PN leader Simon Busuttil has launched an urgent appeal for the EU to intervene in Malta’s current political crisis and to call for Prime Minister’s Joseph Muscat’s immediate resignation.
“As an elected representative from Malta, I APPEAL to the EU institutions to intervene to help us save Malta’s democracy.”
“I APPEAL to the President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli to jointly call on Joseph Muscat to RESIGN. We need your help NOW, before it is too late!” Busuttil said.
Pressure has been mounting minute by minute on Muscat’s administration ever since Yorgen Fenech was arrested as a key suspect in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Since then, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri has been arrested and stepped down from his post. Earlier this morning, Lovin Malta revealed that Schembri was allegedly using Fenech’s doctors to send a message pleading for Fenech not to expose him.
Schembri’s resignation spurred on a chain of events which saw Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi step down and Economy Minister Chris Cardona suspend himself.
It would make for an ironic turn of events should the EU heads call for Muscat’s resignation, with the Prime Minister long holding lofty ambitions to land a top post in the EU. He was touted for one following this year’s European elections, but issues of corruption and the assassination of Caruana Galizia reportedly harmed his chances.
Muscat has won a unanimous vote in his favour from the Labour Party parliamentary group and the Labour Party executive. However, since then, Schembri, who Muscat has protected with ferocity ever since the Panama Papers, has been arrested in connection with the murder and other corruption allegations.
A protest yesterday saw thousands unite in calling for Muscat’s resignation, with Busuttil present. However, with a 40,000 voting majority and an Opposition which is only just starting to come together, it seems that he’ll be able to hold on to his post for a while longer.