Reports in the local media about lack of confidence by the Cabinet towards the Prime Minister are nothing but a total invention.
In a statement, the prime minister’s office said that contrary to what was reported in segments of the media the Prime Minister did not lose part of the cabinet’s confidence. As mentioned earlier in a news conference the Cabinet convened yesterday to discuss a request for a presidential pardon and received advice by the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police.
The Statement continued to point out that the only fact is that, three days ago, the Cabinet and the entire Government Parliamentary Group voted in a secret ballot and both showed full confidence in the Prime Minister.
Dr Muscat will remain focused on the priorities of this country and is focused on solving and concluding one of the biggest criminal cases in Malta’s history and, as promised, it is only at that moment that the Prime Minister will answer and talk about the way forward.
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In the meantime it was also reported that the Prime Minister yesterday informed the Police that he received a message saying that unless he advised in favour of a presidential pardon, a testimony would be given by Yorgen Fenech to implicate that he had two telephone calls with him some months back.
No such calls were ever made. This can easily be verified. The Prime Minister already said he met Yorgen Fenech at either social events or at meetings in his role as shareholder of one of the country’s biggest group of companies. The last such encounter was in February 2019.
The Prime Minister refused an initial request for pardon by Yorgen Fenech following advice by the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner. The Cabinet refused a second request under similar advice after the Prime Minister withdrew from the meeting.
The Prime Minister is not aware of any testimony given yet, as reported in sections of the media, but repudiates any claim made in the fourth version of a testimony after the said pardon was not given for the second time.