Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Malta: Robert Abela elected new PM after crisis over journalist’s murder

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Malta’s governing party has elected a new leader and prime minister to replace Joseph Muscat, who resigned over the murder of a journalist.

Robert Abela won the Labour Party leadership contest with 57.9% of the vote, reports say.

His predecessor Mr Muscat said he would quit last month over the scandal surrounding the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

She was killed by a car bomb in 2017 as she investigated corruption in Malta.

Mr Muscat’s handling of the murder inquiry caused widespread anger. He was accused of protecting allies implicated in the investigation, which he denies.