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Maltese PM to resign amid protests over reporter's death

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Joseph Muscat wearing a suit and tie: Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat will resign in the new year © Getty Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat will resign in the new year Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said he will resign in January following protests over a 2017 car bombing that killed a prominent journalist.

In a televised message, Mr Muscat said he had informed the country's president that he will quit as leader of the governing Labour Party on 12 January.

Hours earlier, thousands of Maltese had protested in the streets of the capital, Valletta, to demand his resignation.

Daphne Caruana Galizia 53, had been reporting on widespread corruption in Malta's political and business circles when her car was blown up as she drove home in 2017.

a woman smiling for the camera: Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a bomb attack in 2017 © Getty Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a bomb attack in 2017

This weekend, one of Malta's wealthiest men, businessman Yorgen Fenech, was charged as an accomplice to the murder. He denies wrongdoing.

The probe triggered the political crisis in the country, with the reporter's family alleging that Fenech has ties to close associates of Mr Muscat.

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