The Malta Independent 10 July 2020, Friday

Muscat to reach out to supporters, looks forward to debate on Daphne murder in Parliament

Monday, 2 December 2019, 14:11 Last update: about 8 months ago

Joseph Muscat said he will be holding meet and greet events in different localities before he quits as Prime Minister and Labour Party leader next month.

In a short interview on One Radio this afternoon, the outgoing PM urged Labour Party supporters to have courage in this difficult period.

“I will go to the people in various localities to thank them for their support… I wish to be burdened with the wrongdoings of this administration, even those for which I am not responsible, so anybody who comes after me will start a fresh page,” Muscat said.


Speaking in less than 24 hours after announcing his resignation in January, Muscat urged his supporters to have faith.

“The party will continue moving forward and it can continue to grow… I never had the intention of calling a general election. This government has a mandate to fulfil,” he said.

Muscat said that he will not be pronouncing himself in favour of any leadership candidate over the next few weeks.

“Delegates and members should be able to decide in freedom after hearing what the candidates have to say… I will ensure that everyone will have the opportunity to put forward their ideas,” Muscat said.

On the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder, Muscat said that he now looked forward to a debate in Parliament.

“I am looking forward to the discussion in Parliament. I will say what I can without prejudicing the case against the suspects and I hope others do the same,” Muscat said.

He said that he looked forward to a new life “away from politics”.

“I hope to dedicate more time to my family and look forward to be at home early once or twice a week to do homework with my children… I will not vanish and I have other ideas for my future,” Muscat said, adding he has not known a life outside politics since 1992.


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