In the Press: Cabinet reshuffle on everybody's lips

Stories from today’s national press

Reshuffle: Mizzi resigns from deputy leader, stripped of portfolios, but remains Minister, Schembri's position untouched
Reshuffle: Mizzi resigns from deputy leader, stripped of portfolios, but remains Minister, Schembri's position untouched

The headlines this morning unanimously speak about the reshuffle of the government’s cabinet which was announced yesterday by the prime minister. In light of the recent Panama Papers scandal, Joseph Muscat took nine weeks to deliberate the decision which would be in the best interest of the country. This led him to strip Konrad Mizzi of his portfolios and asking him to resign from deputy leader, while keeping his status as minister, carrying out ‘special tasks’ as instructed by Muscat himself. The prime minister also said that since Chief of Staff Keith Schembri was not publically elected, he will maintain his position. During a press conference, opposition leader Simon Busuttil called the reshuffle a “farce” with no real change, only serving to make the situation more ridiculous. Busuttil added that the reshuffle only implies that Muscat is himself involved in scandal.

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