“It is outrageous that we have a sitting Prime Minister in an EU member state refusing to immediately resign following the implication of his chief of staff with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. A planned succession months after such revelations shows that the socialist Prime Minister and his government have no respect for the Maltese, the rule of law or any EU values that they signed up to when the country joined the EU.

It just shows that the socialists will go to any lengths to cover up, distort reality, or invent new rules just to keep themselves in power. In a democracy, when the highest officials in the immediate circles of a Prime Minister have been interrogated in relation to the assassination of a journalist, it is an obligation and moral responsibility towards the integrity of the country’s institutions and the citizens to leave office as soon as possible and allow for justice to be served.

The EPP joins the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) in Malta in calling for the Prime Minister and his government to honour his commitment to the country and its citizens by stepping down. EPP also stands with all the Maltese who took to the streets demanding independent justice, free speech and a country free of corruption. The gravity of this situation goes far beyond party affiliations, it is about safeguarding the freedom of speech and uncovering the truth behind the hideous murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.”