Deputy Prime Minister resigns ‘with immediate effect’

Prime Minister remains determined, asks Fearne to reconsider

 

Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne has resigned as he faces charges in relation to the public hospitals scandal.

Fearne, who was slated for the next European Commissioner post, is among those facing charges of of fraud, misappropriation and fraudulent gain in connection with the hospitals’ deal.

On social media, Fearne said he wished he could have had the inquiry report before acting, “but it seems this will take some time, and it’s not possible for me to keep waiting”.

He posted the resignation letter he sent to Prime Minister Robert Abela in full, while insisting on his innocence.

“Let me be clear, I am not taking this step because I have any doubt about my innocence but because it’s the right thing to do,” he said in his letter, expressing appreciation for the support the Labour Party gave him.

He pointed out that he was “exonerated” in the Auditor General’s investigation of the deal, which concluded that it was “fraudulent.”

He said his decision was in the interest of “putting the people first”.

Fearne concluded by saying he hoped the legal process would be expedited so his name “could be cleared… And if my country calls on me to serve, I will be in a position to continue to do so.”

The prime minister has asked Fearne to reconsider.

Opposition Leader Bernard Grech has said Robert Abela was wrong to insist that high-ranking public officers facing criminal charges should remain in their jobs. “He is also wrong when he continues to attack the institutions.”

Grech added: “This is an irreversible process that must take place, and it would be wrong of Abela to try and stop it.”

                           

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Jane
Jane
11 days ago

Given his involvement in the Addolorata Cemetery contract as well, I’m amazed he’s remained in Government.

M.Galea
M.Galea
10 days ago
Reply to  Jane

L poplu qed jaghmlu xi bniedem ta integrita! Far from it! He was part of the real deal! He sold our health and gave 400 million down the drain! X hasra ta poplu! Titnejjek bih kif trid!

Jerry
Jerry
10 days ago
Reply to  Jane

I would be amazed he wasn’t.

Aggie
Aggie
11 days ago

An innocent person doesn’t resign … there’s no smoke without fire and he knows how deep this goes ..

Carmelo borg
11 days ago

FEARNE fil fehem TIEGHI ABELA stess KIEN il kagun ghax lil kieku inqata KOMPLETAMENT mil PRIM KORROT u keccieh BHAL ma GHAMEL KONRAD MIZZI kieku ma gejniex f din is sitwazjoni PERIKOUZA li qedin fija.
X HEMM LI QED JIDDIFENDI LIL MUSCAT GHAKOST TA KOLLOX?
JIDDEFENDIEH U FL ISTESS HIN IWARBU LANQAS FUQ ONE TV MA IRIDUHX JIDHER

Mick
Mick
11 days ago

Another “Innocenti” who unfortunately conned the public when he stated it’s the Real Deal having had access to all that it entailed. Now he’s going to try and detach himself from the stench of a doomed “government”, but the stink will remain even in his retirement.

saviour mamo
saviour mamo
11 days ago

Ministers shouldn’t allow to be duped by other members of the cabinet. He should have resigned when he became aware of the behind his back dealing.

Last edited 11 days ago by saviour mamo
Mark Debono
Mark Debono
10 days ago

At last some one with some Integrity

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