Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Sunday evening that he will resign in January over public demands for further information about the 2017 death of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, according to the BBC.
Muscat said he would ask Malta’s Labour Party to begin the process of choosing a new prime minister on January 12, amid demonstrations calling for his resignation in Caruana Galizia’s killing.
“Malta needs to start a new chapter and only I can give that signal,” Muscat, who was elected in 2013 and re-elected in a landslide in 2017, said on Sunday.
Her family last week called on Muscat to step down “immediately” following the release from jail of his former chief of staff, Keith Schembri, who they believe to be tied to her death.
Caruana Galizia was killed after a series of reports on allegations relating to corruption in Maltese politics relating to the Panama Papers scandal. Police have already arrested three other men, including businessman Yorgen Fenech, in connection with the murder. Fenech named Schembri as an accomplice in the bombing.
The Panama Papers documents listed Fenech as the owner of 17 Black, a Dubai-registered company that was allegedly used to make secret payments companies established by Schembri and Maltese Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, according to the BBC.