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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 22 JANUARY 2020 • ISSUE 671 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 9 GOOD GOVERNANCE POLICE How to abort a national discussion Former deputy police chief Silvio Valletta investigated Will Robert Abela steal the opposition's thunder? K ARL AZZOPARDI THE next police commissioner will be chosen after a public call and the appointment will only be finalised after a grilling by MPs, government is proposing. The new method was approved by Cabinet on Tuesday and according to Prime Minister Robert Abela is in line with recommendations made by the Venice Commission. Malta relegated to 'flawed democracy' in Economist index Police commissioner to be chosen after public call and grilling by MPs RAPHAEL VASSALLO PAGE 10 PAGE 3 PAGE 5 PAGE 2 PAGES 6 & 7 KURT SANSONE MALTA has been rele- gated to a 'flawed democ- racy', making it one of five countries in Western Europe to be classified as such by a reputable index. The slippage is linked to the political crisis sur- rounding the assassina- tion of Daphne Caruana Galizia that forced the prime minister to step down this month, the Economist Intelligence Unit said. Malta classified as a 'full democracy' last year. Robert Abela Protests intensified in December, demanding Joseph Muscat's immediate resignation after revelations implicated his closest aide in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index has downgraded Malta after developments in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case rocked the political establishment

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