Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has resigned from her post in a letter sent to newly appointed Prime Minister Robert Abela on Sunday evening.
Her resignation follows reports made by the Times of Malta regarding her husband’s friendship with business mogul Yorgen Fenech, who is also accused with being an accomplice in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
She was re-appointed Gozo Minister just last week after Dr Abela confirmed his new Cabinet.
Her husband, former Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta gave a statement to investigators at police headquarters in Floriana on Sunday, shortly after the Times reported that he had gone on holiday with Mr Fenech in September 2018, while investigations were ongoing. Mr Valletta stressed that he was unaware that Mr Fenech was under investigation at the time. He retired from the police force in August 2019.
In a press statement on Monday, Dr Abela thanked Dr Caruana for her work in Gozo, commenting she left a noticeably positive impact on the sister island. Dr Caruana will be retaining her role as Member of Parliament.