The Malta Independent 29 February 2020, Saturday

Terse comment by PM on Caruana resignation disappoints Opposition

Monday, 20 January 2020, 10:24 Last update: about 2 months ago

A short comment made by Prime Minister Robert Abela on the resignation of Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana this morning disappointed the Opposition as it was expecting a more detailed explanation.

Abela, in his first intervention in the House of Representatives as Prime Minister, confirmed what the media was reporting this morning – that Caruana had resigned – without however giving any details on the reasons.


She resigned after it was revealed that her husband, who was deputy police commissioner, had travelled to London with Yorgen Fenech, who has been charged with complicity in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Abela said that he had received a letter from Caruana in which she offered her resignation, which was accepted. Abela then went on to thank the minister for her contribution to the country as Gozo minister for four years, parliamentary secretary and also as an MP. Caruana was not present in the House.

In his reply, Opposition Leader Adrian Delia, said he was disappointed that the PM had not given more information about what had taken place. The Prime Minister did not even say what his intentions are to replace Caruana. We speak of plans but it seems that the government does not have any. “I say this as I expected a bit more vision of this government’s plan, especially as we need to fix this legislation and what is ahead of us. The population are left in the dark.”

Marlene Farrugia, independent MP, was more indignant in her short address. She said that the government had remained silent even though it knew about certain connections. Along with the rest of the Maltese population, we are left with no answers, she said.

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