The Malta Independent 9 December 2018, Sunday

Partit Demokratiku files no-confidence motion in Konrad Mizzi

Friday, 23 November 2018, 10:59 Last update: about 16 days ago

Partit Demokratiku has filed a no-confidence motion against Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi. 

The move comes in the wake of calls for the minister's resignation.

Partit Demokratiku (PD) MPs Godfrey Farrugia and Marlene Farrugia submitted the motion of no confidence in Dr Mizzi to the clerk of the House on Friday morning.

Another motion of no confidence filed against Mizzi two years ago had been defeated. That motion had been filed by PD member Marlene Farrugia, then an independent MP.

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It had followed the defeat of a motion of no confidence in the government filed by then Opposition leader Simon Busuttil.

17 Black was listed as the 'Main Clients' and 'Possible Payers/Senders' of Tillgate and Hearnville, the offshore Panamanian companies owned by OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri and Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, leaked emails obtained by German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung showed. In reaction to the news story, Schembri had said that 17 Black never became clients of his business group.  Mizzi had also previously said that there is no connection, direct or otherwise, between him, his company or trust, and any entity called 17 Black.

 

Partit Demokratiku leader Dr Godfrey Farrugia stated “that in 2016 at Parlament Mizzi had claimed that his secret financial structure was set up for estate planning reasons."

"What started as doubts at the birth of the 2013 Energy Saga, have grown into an extremely suspicious question raising, serious of events that were galvanised into undisputable facts by establishing the owner of 17 Black and the relationship with the controversial issue in hand, Electrogas" Farrugia added.

"It is clear that Minister Konrad Mizzi's position as minister is now untenable," concluded Farrugia.

 

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