Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made a statement that was broadcast live on television. Muscat announced he would leave the party leadership and the prime minister's office in January after the political crisis and growing pressures the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia created over his own government.

Noting the brutal murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Muscat said he had kept his word and that the person behind the murder had been caught and questioned.

The investigation reached out to businessman Yorgen Fenech after he proposed a presidential pardon to Melvin Theuma, the taxi driver who was the agent of the murder, and Muscat stated that he had always considered the national interest.

He said: "I will be writing to the chairman of the Labour Party to begin the necessary process to determine the new leader of the party on 12 January 2020. I will resign the leadership of the Labour party that day. In the days that follow, I will resign as prime minister," Muscat said, adding that the situation in which the country is going through requires it.

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