Malta’s embattled prime minister Joseph Muscat has resigned, driven from office by the constitutional and political crisis triggered by the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The prime minister expressed “deep regret” for Caruana Galizia’s murder and spoke of the need for a “fresh page”. Caruana Galizia was killed in October 2017 when a bomb planted under the driver’s seat of her rental car was detonated.
Malta government chief of staff Keith Schembri resigned on Tuesday, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters, as police continued their investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Schembri had been facing pressure to resign from opposition politicians and Caruana Galizia’s family because of his alleged financial ties to businessman Yorgen Fenech, who was detained last week as a person of interest in the murder probe.
Panama Papers journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was killed in a car bomb on Monday. Galizia led the investigation into corruption in Malta, recently making accusations against Malta’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, and his aides. Muscat denounced the murder calling it a ‘barbaric attack.’ Thus far no individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack.