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Malta premier under pressure to resign over Panama Papers affair

Malta
21.04.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Valletta (dpa) - Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat faced opposition calls to resign on Friday, a day after corruption claims emerged involving his family. 

Simon Busuttil, leader of the centre-right Nationalist Party, told a news conference that Malta, which currently holds the EU presidency, is facing an "unprecedented political and constitutional crisis."

Busuttil turned up the pressure on the socialist prime minister as he called on voters to show up at a national protest against corruption in Valletta on Sunday.

Muscat came under fire after popular blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia claimed a company cited in the Panama Papers, Egrant Inc, was owned by Michelle Muscat, wife of the prime minister.

She claimed Muscat‘s wife received money from the daughter of Azerbaijan‘s president through a company set up by Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal.

The prime minister announced an inquiry to investigate the case but Busuttil said Muscat should have first resigned.

In another news conference, Muscat described Caruana Galizia‘s claims that his wife owned a Panama company as "pure lies" and maintained that he and his family were victims of an attempted frame-up.

He challenged the opposition leader to a televised debate on Friday night, an offer Busuttil accepted. 

The Maltese government was rocked by the Panama Papers scandal in 2016, after it was revealed that minister Konrad Mizzi and the prime minister‘s chief of staff Keith Schembri had set up their own secret companies in Panama.

 

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