The Malta Independent 18 June 2018, Monday

Updated: PM Muscat challenges Busuttil for debate on Xarabank tonight; 'about time', says Busuttil

Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:23 Last update: about 2 years ago

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat today challenged Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil for a debate on this evening’s edition of Xarabank.

Dr Busuttil has accepted the challenge, saying that he has no problem.

Addressing the media minutes after Dr Busuttil announced a demonstration in protest against “the most corrupt government in Malta’s history”, Dr Muscat said Dr Busuttil has the onus of bringing the proof of what he is alleging.


“I am available” tonight, Dr Muscat said, the first time in this legislature that he is making himself available for a debate with the Opposition Leader on Malta’s most popular programme.

He said that while yesterday was the day of allegations, today is the day of proof as he is filing a series of libel cases which he is convinced will clear his name.

He also said that he believed that the inquiry which was launched last night will also lead to one conclusion – that neither he, his wife, nor any member of his family, were ever involved in the company known as Egrant, which was named in the Panama Papers as having been opened by Nexia BT in Panama.

In a statement, the Nationalist Party said that the country is facing a constitutional crisis with a Prime Minister under magisterial investigation.

The Prime Minister is in panic mode and, with his back to the wall, wants a debate on Xarabank.

The Opposition Leader is already invited for the programme, and finds no difficulty facing Muscat. It is about time too, because the PM has been escaping from such a debate for three years

Ilejla, il-Kap tal-Oppożizzjoni diġà huwa l-mistieden ta’ Xarabank u l-Kap tal-Oppożizzjoni m’għandu l-ebda diffikultà li jagħmel dibattitu ma’ Muscat. Anzi, about time, għax il-Prim Ministru ilu jaħrab minn dibattitu fuq Xarabank għal tliet snin sħaħ. 

Dr Busuttil said he has no issue in postponing his scheduled interview on Xarabank to face Muscat in a debate.


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