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Malta PM faces call to resign; aide arrested in murder probe
 


Pressure mounted on Malta’s prime minister to resign as the ongoing investigation into the assassination of a leading journalist struck at the heart of his government

Pressure is mounting on Malta’s prime minister to resign as the ongoing investigation into the assassination of a leading journalist struck at the heart of his government.

Police have arrested Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s chief of staff Keith Schembri for questioning as a person of interest in the murder of popular reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The investigation has moved swiftly since a Maltese businessman was arrested on a private yacht trying to flee Malta last week.

Muscat refused Thursday to comment on Schembri’s arrest and other developments in the fast-evolving case, saying he would do so only when the investigations are over.

Thousands of angry protesters have demonstrated for five nights outside Muscat’s office demanding his resignation. In Parliament Wednesday, the opposition demanded Muscat step down on, but he refused.