Embattled Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis has dismissed calls for his resignation while also refusing to apologise for comments describing Labour Party voters as imbeciles.
In comments to MaltaToday just before entering a Cabinet meeting this morning, Zammit Lewis insisted that nothing new had been revealed.
Yesterday the Sunday Times revealed exchanges between the minister and the alleged mastermind of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, in which Zammit Lewis can be seen mocking attempts to have the company 17 Black investigated.
“Nothing new was revealed over the weekend. I have always declared that I knew Yorgen Fenech, and rather than filing a motion, [Opposition leader] Bernard Grech should take a look around him and see which of his MPs were close to Yorgen Fenech,” the minister replied.
The Nationalist Party has said that it will be asking for Parliament to meet urgently to discuss a no-confidence motion in Zammit Lewis.
The minister was unrepentant when confronted with remarks he had made in a WhatsApp conversation with Fenech, in which he described Labour Party voters as imbeciles.
Zammit Lewis insisted that his comments were more of a reflection of the reality of Malta’s electoral system than his disdain for Labour voters. He insisted that he had been a Labourite since he was in his mother’s womb and that the party supporters knew.
Civil society group Repubblika will be organising a protest tomorrow calling for his resignation in view of the reports.
In November 2020, Lovin Malta had revealed that former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Zammit Lewis had both gone on a private holiday to Fenech’s Hilton hotel in France.
Sources have said that the holiday was part-financed by Fenech.
Both Muscat and Zammit Lewis categorically denied Fenech had funded the holiday and had pledged to publish proof of this. Eight months later, however, and there was no sign of any documentary evidence showing that they had paid their own way.
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