Malta's ruling party elects new PM after scandal

# 12 January 2020 12:31 (UTC +04:00)

Malta's governing party has elected a new leader and prime minister to replace Joseph Muscat, who resigned over the murder of a journalist, APA reports citing BBC.

Robert Abela won the Labour Party leadership contest with 57.9% of the vote, reports say.

His predecessor Mr Muscat said he would quit last month over the scandal surrounding the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

She was killed by a car bomb in 2017 as she investigated corruption in Malta.

Mr Muscat's handling of the murder inquiry caused widespread anger. He was accused of protecting allies implicated in the investigation, which he denies.

His replacement - the son of Malta's former President George Abela - will be sworn in on Monday.

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