The Malta Independent 22 October 2020, Thursday

Watch: Muscat ‘heartbroken’ over how his time as Prime Minister ended

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 12:49 Last update: about 14 days ago

Former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat expressed how "heartbroken" he is over the way his time as a Prime Minister came to an end back in January.

Following Muscat's sudden resignation as a member of parliament on Monday, he was interviewed on party television station ONE TV by presenter Karl Stagno Navarra.

Muscat said that although he wanted his final moments in office to be "better", the decision to step down as prime minister was taken for the good of the country.

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He added that while his final days did not go as he might have wished and that the ending was not what he wanted, "history will be the judge of his actions."

Muscat decided to step down as prime minister back in January, amidst a political crisis brought about by the alleged involvement of members of his office in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and his handling of the matter.

With regards to what reforms Muscat would have wished to enact during his time as PM, he said that he would like to see parliamentary privilege removed, the introduction of quotas for a stronger presence of women and MPs stepping down after 15 years.

Asked for his opinions about the COVID-19 pandemic and how the government has dealt with it, Muscat remarked that although all governments have made their mistakes in dealing with the virus as it was new to everyone, the Maltese government made "good decisions."

With regards to the economic impact of the pandemic, Muscat remarked that "now is not the time for a financial surplus but for the government to spend, protecting the economy and jobs."

He also expressed his hope that the compulsory age for education be raised higher, as "16 is too young to see children leave school."

Muscat said that he was still in contact with a number of EU leaders but did not go into much detail.

Speaking about the Nationalist Party, Muscat said that the only way the PN will improve is if it learns to end its internal "hate" in order to move forward. 


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