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PAUL COCKS THE former Nationalist minister and party grandee Louis Galea is being eyed by some MPs as a possible care- taker if Adrian Delia quits. They hope that this would serve to groom the next leader with many stating that Claudio Grech hits all the right buttons. Galea, a former education minister with roots in the party's social turn in the late 1970s, was said to have been "amenable" – as described by one sen- ior MP – to the prospect of taking the PN to the general elections should the European election results in 2019 spell the end of Delia as PN leader. At 70, the former member of the Eu- ropean Court of Auditors and a former speaker retains a marginal position on the PN's internal committee on disci- pline, but enjoys respect in the party. "Opening the party's leadership elec- tion to an election from its paid-up members has been Simon Busuttil's greatest mistake," said one senior MP, "because this is how we have Adrian Delia today." The power in the union WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 Newspaper post EDITORIAL • PAGE 9 WEDNESDAY • 7 NOVEMBER 2018 • ISSUE 611 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY Cyprus police clarify charges against Efimova not connected to Malta ANALYSIS PAGES 6 & 7 MATTHEW VELLA THE Republic of Cyprus has sent an of- ficial letter to the Council of Europe, saying that police are still investigating alleged criminal offences against Pila- tus Bank whistleblower Maria Efimova committed back in 2014. The letter was sent to the Council of Europe in response to a media freedom alert issued in January 2018 after MEPs called for EU member states to grant Efi- mova, a Russian national who has lived in Cyprus and Malta, asylum. Efimova was said to have been one of the late journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's main sources on the allegation that the wife of Malta's Prime Minis- ter Joseph Muscat had received over $1 million from Azerbaijan's rulers at the now-shuttered Pilatus Bank, and that Michelle Muscat owned a secret offshore company. Former minister touted as temporary replacement for Adrian Delia until PN can fi nd a new unifying leader PN MPs eyeing Louis Galea as interim leader PAGE 2 PAGE 3

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