The Malta Independent 23 September 2023, Saturday
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PM says he left Yorgen Fenech's watch to the State

Tuesday, 31 December 2019, 12:17 Last update: about 5 years ago

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said that the watch he received will be left to the State.

Recently it was reported that Yorgen Fenech, the man charged in connection to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, gave Muscat a watch worth thousands of euros as a gift, in addition to expensive wines.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was being interviewed on ONE Radio on Tuesday.

Asked about the gift registry, and gifts left behind by other Prime Ministers, Muscat said that not even a pencil used to write the registry was left. "Not even a mug did we find in certain places," Muscat said.

Referring to the an inventory published in the press showing gifts, Muscat said that what it actually was is a list in every room of objects received by the State, adding that this is not a list of gifts to the Prime Minister.

Muscat said that he did not find any gifts from Malta entering the EU among others. "The watch I received will be the first watch to be left to the Maltese state. I declared it. But what happened to the 25 other watches that were presented as gifts to previous administrations when Malta joined the European Union? They are not mentioned in any registry and none of them was left behind," Muscat said, adding that he would not let anyone damage his reputation.  

Muscat spoke about the recent power cuts and said that if it weren't for the new Delimara power station, Malta would be without electricity or would have had to rely on the old Marsa station.

Muscat, speaking about the blackouts and the damaged Interconnector, said that if there wasn't the new power station, and if only the interconnector was kept, then it would have meant being without electricity while work was undertaken to fix the problems.

He said that it would have meant three weeks without electricity, or with the old Marsa station working all the time.

Muscat announced that his last speech as Prime Minister will be on January 10.



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