Malta’s PM to step down amid Daphne Caruana Galizia investigation

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Joseph Muscat says he will ask his party to start process to choose new leader next month

Joseph Muscat has announced he plans to step down as Malta’s prime minister, saying on state TV he would ask his ruling Labour party to start a process to choose a new leader on 12 January next year.

He made the announcement on Sunday night after calls for his resignation had grown over the 2017 car bomb killing of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. On Saturday, a prominent businessman with alleged ties to government ministers and senior officials was charged over the case.

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