Centre-right MEPs have torn into Muscat over rule of law in Malta and his administration's alleged links to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
After a meeting with the Prime Minister, Sophie In ‘t Veld, who is leading the European parliament’s emergency fact-finding mission to Malta, says she doubts the government’s credibility.
The victim’s family want Muscat to resign immediately, saying he is shielding friends and associates from the investigation. He is refusing to leave until his party has chosen a replacement.
Muscat announced on Sunday night that he would resign in January amid outcry over the two-year-old investigation into the 2017 killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia who had been looking into suspected corrupt dealings in political and business circles in the island nation.
Malta PM defends actions as opposition quits parliament
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, engulfed in crisis over the probe into a murdered journalist, announced on Sunday he planned to step down, saying he would ask his ruling Labour Party to start choosing a new leader for the country next month.
The arrest comes as the long-stalled investigation into the October 2017 car bomb murder of Caruana Galizia intensifies.
After being stranded out at sea on the Lifeline ship for almost a week, over two hundred (234) migrants are finally on land at Malta. It's after Italy refused to let the ship dock.
The new Spanish government has stepped in to end a standoff on the high seas, agreeing to take in more than 600 migrants picked up by a rescue ship in the Mediterranean.
Maria Efimova was Daphne Caruana Galizia's source. The murdered reporter used the Panama Papers to expose alleged links to offshore tax havens of Malta’s leadership, including the island’s Prime Minister
Ten people have now been detained over the anti-corruption blogger's murder