[10/10/2020 – 23/10/2020]
The Maltese government presented its Budget for the year 2021.
Former MEP Miriam Dalli was co-opted into the Parliament of Malta, to represent the fourth district following the resignation of Labour MP Etienne Grech. OPM Head of Secretariat Clyde Caruana was co-opted into Parliament to represent the second district, taking the seat vacated by former PM Joseph Muscat.
Former opposition leader Adrian Delia ruled out that he would form part of Bernard Grech’s shadow cabinet.
Nationalist MP Frederick Azzopardi passed away following a long illness. It was subsequently announced that his parliamentary seat will be filled through a by-election.
The 3-year anniversary of the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was commemorated by means of various activities.
France introduced a curfew from 9pm-6am in several cities, whilst Italy, Belgium and Austria also introduced similar measures, in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Protests erupted in Thailand against the military-backed government, thus defying its ban on demonstrations, whilst calling for the drafting of a new constitution and for the country’s ruling monarchy to have its powers curbed.
US Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Judge Amy Coney Barret were completed, with a vote expected to be held next week.
A terrorist attack with connections to Islamist extremism was committed in Paris, claiming the life of the perpetrator and the victim, middle-school history teacher Samuel Paty, sparking outrage and mass demonstrations.
Talks between the British government and the Greater Manchester region broke down, as the area faces the imposition of harsher restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.
On a much lighter note, the Maltese social media sphere was rocked by the sudden shutting down of the popular local meme-group ‘Malta Pastizzi-Posting’… only for it to be subsequently re-launched. 🐫🐫