Pope meets with Maltese PM hit by scandal over reporter's murder

Pope meets with Maltese PM hit by scandal over reporter's murder
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  • calendar-gray 07 December 2019

Pope Francis on Saturday gave a private audience to outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, ignoring an appeal to cancel the meeting with a premier engulfed in crisis over a probe into a murdered journalist, APA reports citing Reuters.

Francis met Muscat and his wife and family on Saturday morning, the Vatican said, in an audience that was far more low-key than those normally held with heads of government.

Unusually, no journalists were allowed to cover the event, which a Vatican spokesman said had been scheduled months ago.

Muscat said on Sunday he would resign as leader of the ruling Labour Party on Jan. 12 and in “the days after” will quit as prime minister. Opponents said he should go immediately.

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