The Malta Independent 26 June 2022, Sunday

Konrad Mizzi has more power as he is now overseeing all ministries – Michael Briguglio

Saturday, 30 April 2016, 11:10 Last update: about 7 years ago

Minister Without Portfolio Konrad Mizzi has now become more powerful than he was before since he has been given a position by which he can oversee all other ministries, Michael Briguglio said this morning as he announced that the civil society protest on the Panama Papers will be held next week.

Addressing the media, Dr Briguglio said the Cabinet reshuffle carried out by the Prime Minister this week failed to address the critical situation that was brought about when Dr Mizzi and OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri admitted they had opened companies in Panama.

He said that the Prime Minister is wrong to say that Mr Schembri should keep his place because he was not publicly elected.

Both Dr Mizzi and Mr Schembri should resign or be kicked out, he said, adding the Orwellian adage of "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Dr Briguglio said the protest will take place in spite of the reshuffle because the decision taken by the Prime Minister to keep Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri at Castille was the wrong one to take.

Other countries involved in the Panama Papers scandal had seen people resign and yet here in Mata those involved were either given a promotion or allowed to keep their position.

Public sentiment had shown that there was little consent to what the PM had decided, Dr Briguglio said. 

The protest will be taking place on Saturday morning at 10am.


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