Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat has announced that he will step down in the new year, amid a crisis over a murdered journalist.
Mr Muscat who has been in power for six years, says he will resign as leader of the Labour Party on 12 January 2020 and as prime minister “in the days after”.
He said he would ask the ruling Labour Party to begin the process to choose his successor on 12 January.
Demonstrators have demanded his immediate resignation over the inquiry into Daphne Galizia’s death.
She was killed by a car bomb in 2017 as she investigated corruption among Malta’s business and political elite.
A businessman with alleged links to government officials was charged with complicity in the murder on Saturday.