The aftermath of the elections, the court procedures related to the racist murder of Lassane Cisse are among the main headlines from Malta’s newspapers.
European Council President Donald Tusk said that the EU leaders hope to have their proposal for the next EU Commission president ready by the next summit on June 21. The leaders from the 28 member states were in Brussels for a summit that highlighted the wrangling among member states in choosing the next European Commission president following the European elections.
Malta Today leads with the resignation of Opposition MP David Stellini who says that the political system in Malta is too partisan to reap results for the electorate. The Nationalist Party will now co-opt a new MP.
The Malta Independent reports on the compilation of evidence against suspended AFM soldiers accused of killing Lassane Cisse in a drive-by shooting in Ħal Far. The court found enough evidence to place Scicluna and Fenech under bill of indictment.
The Times also follows the session in which the court heard that Scicluna and Francesco feared an invasion of Malta by migrants. The soldiers frequently complained that there are ‘too many’ migrants.
Malta Today says that the killing is the first racist murder recorded in Malta and describes how the two men together with a third were involved in another incident when they destroyed the bicycle a migrant was riding out of spite.
L-Orizzont carries Francesco Fenech’s testimony who denied any involvement with the killing. Fenech admitted that he was with Lorin Scicluna in Attard that evening, but said they went their separate ways after.
The Times writes that the results of the Local Council elections could spell more anguish for the Nationalist Party. The paper says PN strongholds like Valletta and Siġġiewi may have been won by the Labour Party.
The Malta Independent spoke to senior PN sources who dismissed reports that signatures are being collected to push a vote of confidence in party leader Adrian Delia through a General Council.
L-Orizzont says that the Labour Party expects another victory as counting in the Local Council elections starts today. The paper says the PN hopes it can have a better result than in the MEP election.
In-Nazzjon covers PN Leader’s participation in an EPP summit in Brussels as leaders discuss the next President of the European Commission. Delia told the paper that the PN will support the candidate who best represents Malta’s interests.