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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 2 FEBRUARY 2022 • ISSUE 774 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 PAGE 3 PAGE 6 PAGE 3 ANALYSIS PAGES 8 & 9 Agricultural holdings decreased by 14% between 2010 and 2020 Man's conviction for sexually abusing autistic girl overturned on appeal PN's living income Repeat of Muscat's living wage pledge? DURING 2020, the total number of agricultural holdings in Malta amounted to 10,449, an agriculture census has found. Femicide to become a distinct criminal offence KURT SANSONE & LAUR A CALLEJA FEMICIDE is to become a distinct criminal offence, the Prime Minister has announced after yesterday's Cabinet meeting. No details have been given but Cabinet's decision over- rules Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis's previous stand against such a proposal floated by women's rights groups. In a Facebook post on Tues- day afternoon, Robert Abela said Cabinet has approved le- gal changes to "strengthen the fight against gender-based vi- olence and introduce the con- cept of femicide in the Crimi- nal Code". Cabinet ovverrides justice minister and decides to make femicide distinct criminal offence following Paulina Dembska murder Women's rights groups protesting outside police headquarters

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