Robert Abela who was elected leader of the Labour Party after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's downfall automatically takes the role of prime minister.
Joseph Muscat has faces controversy since the murder of journalist Caruana Galizia in 2017. She had been investigating corruption within Muscat’s government and the suspect accused of her murder claims senior officials were involved.
In a televised message, Muscat said he has informed Malta’s president that he will quit as leader of the governing Labor Party on January 12 and that "in the days after I will resign as prime minister."
Caruana Galizia, a campaigning journalist who investigated corruption, was blown up by a car bomb on October 16, 2017. Her family demanded that Muscat resign, after his right hand man Keith Schembri was set free overnight.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the country would disembark the migrants stranded for two weeks aboard a humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean Sea after six European countries agreed to accept all of them.
Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made the announcement of the arrests almost two months after she was killed by a bomb.
Sons of the slain Daphne Caruana Galizia dismiss Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's offer of a reward to help find her killers and called for him to quit.
Dutch forensic experts and investigators from the US FBI are helping the local police probe the murder, which shocked Malta and drew condemnation from around Europe.
Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bombing on Monday in the small Mediterranean island nation of Malta.
Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was best known for her stories on corruption, especially of politicians, and had accused the Maltese government of wrong-doing.
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called for elections for June 3, a year early, to test his popularity following allegations that his wife owns an offshore company in Panama.
EU Council President Donald Tusk circulated draft EU negotiating guidelines to 27 European governments on Friday.
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