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Myriam Spiteri Debono Could Become Malta’s Next President

Myriam Spiteri Debono Officially Sworn In As Malta's 11th President
Mar 22 2024 Share

Former speaker Myriam Spiteri Debono emerges as the leading candidate for Malta’s next President, according to sources from Times of Malta.

With a background as a notary and a history of involvement in Labour politics, she notably served as the first female speaker of parliament during the late 1990s.

Recognized for her moderate socialist beliefs, Spiteri Debono’s nomination by Prime Minister Robert Abela received no objections from opposition leader Bernard Grech.

The PN parliamentary group is expected to grant approval shortly. If confirmed, Spiteri Debono will assume office on April 4, succeeding George Vella.

In response to inquiries, Spiteri Debono emphasized the importance of an official announcement and parliamentary consensus. Despite previous nominations, such as for the Standards Commission job, she remains committed to her newfound presidential candidacy. Notably, she has garnered respect across party lines for her acknowledgment of pressing issues, including the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The nomination’s approval would conclude months of speculation regarding the presidency. Various other candidates, including European Commissioner Helena Dalli and current Speaker Anglu Farrugia, have been considered.

Constitutional amendments now require a two-thirds majority for presidential appointments, marking a significant change from previous procedures.

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Foreign Man Found Dead In Gżira Residence

Foreign Man Found Dead In Gżira Residence
Mar 22 2024 Share

Yesterday, 21st March 2024, Police received a report of a deceased person in a Gżira residence and convened immediately on site to initiate investigations.

NET News was informed that, along with the Forensics Division, the police learned that the deceased person was a foreigner who was found dead in a house in Triq Moroni, Gżira.

The police informed NET News that the man had reportedly died a natural death, but police investigations re still ongoing.

Other sources informed NET News that in the house where the body was found there were around 15 residents living in unison. None of the persons living there realised the person was dead as they suspected they were asleep.

Police investigations are ongoing.

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Source: NET News

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Around 159,000 Tourists Visited Malta On Holiday In January

Around 159,000 Tourists Visited Malta On Holiday In January
Mar 22 2024 Share

In January 2024, Malta welcomed 172,021 inbound tourists, marking a notable 26.3% increase from January 2023. Of these, 159,807 arrived for leisure, while 8,030 came for business.

Predominantly, tourists aged 25-44 comprised 40.1%, followed by the 45-64 age group at 30.4%. Italians, Britons, and Poles accounted for 46.0% of the total inbound tourists.

Although the total nights spent decreased by 2.1% compared to January 2023, exceeding 1.0 million nights, 79.4% of guest nights were in rented accommodations.

On average, inbound tourists stayed for 5.9 nights.

Tourist expenditure in January 2024 exceeded €109.9 million, reflecting a 10.9% increase from the previous year. The average expenditure per night was €108.9.

Gozo and Comino attracted 61,493 visitors, constituting 35.7% of total tourists, including both day-trippers and overnight guests.

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Nathaniel Eliminated From Brillanti Musicals Semifinals

Nathaniel Eliminated From Brillanti Musicals Semifinals
Mar 22 2024 Share

It was a close call during yesterday’s semifinal episode of Brillanti Musicals.

At the end it was down to Nathaniel Attard, with his rendition of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and Jayden Lee Micallef, whose rendition of Elvis Presley’s Jail House Rock had the judges bobbing their heads.

This week joined by the esteemed Ryan Paul Abela on the panel, judges Charles Brunton, Marco Stabile and Marina Maniglio thought it wise to keep the younger Jayden around for more rounds of the competition.

Nathaniel still went out like a champ, having made it so far into this now increasingly difficult competition.

Did you agree with the judges’ decision?

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