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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 21 JUNE 2023 • ISSUE 849 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 PAGE 5 PAGE 2 PAGE 7 MCAST Mosta 25 June 5pm - 9pm Open Day MCAST Paola 23 June 6pm - 10pm Join us on campus to find out all about student life at MCAST Muscat plays home in strong defence of Electrogas contract Satabank used for alleged $10 million bribe to US President's son Hunter Energy support equal to half of Malta's subsidy spend Former prime minister unfazed in two-hour questioning in Public Accounts Committee over Labour's key policy plank MATTHEW VELLA FORMER Labour prime min- ister Joseph Muscat mounted a convincing defence of his government's key policy plank, the switch-over to gas and a 25% cut in energy prices, in a grilling by MPs in the public accounts committee over the NAO's report on the Electro- gas contract. Muscat started off the session with a 40-minute, pre-emptive riposte on var- ious questions raised with previous witnesses, denying any suggestion that Labour had engineered the €200 mil- lion gas plant contract to go the way of Electrogas, whose shareholder included Yorgen Fenech, the Tumas magnate accused of masterminding the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Muscat told MPs it was evi- dent that Maltese voters were extremely sensitive to energy prices, saying both Labour in 1998 and the Nationalists in 2013 lost power on the back of energy hikes. Joseph Muscat addressing the Public Accounts Committee JAMES DEBONO SUBSIDIES will peak at 12.3% of government expenditure this year with almost half being directed towards the energy sector, a Cen- tral Bank of Malta analysis shows.

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