Godfrey Farrugia

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Godfrey Farrugia
Godfrey Farrugia - September 2016 (cropped).jpg
Government Whip
In office
8 January 2015 – 29 April 2017
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Minister of Health
In office
13 March 2013 – 29 March 2014
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Preceded by Joe Cassar
Succeeded by Chris Fearne
Member of Parliament
In office
13 March 2013 – 3 June 2017
Assumed office
24 June 2017
Personal details
Born 4 May 1960
Żebbuġ
Political party Labour Party (until 2017)
Democratic Party (since 2017)
Domestic partner Marlene Farrugia
Profession Politician, family doctor

Godfrey Farrugia (born May 4, 1960, in Żebbuġ) is a Maltese politician, a family doctor, and currently serves as a member of the Maltese parliament. He formerly served as the Minister for Health and a Government Whip, of which he resigned from both posts partially for his lack of trust with the Labour Party in Government.

Politics[edit]

Farrugia was elected to the Maltese Parliament in the 7th district in March 2013.[1] He was appointed Minister of Health by the President, on advice of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, on March 11, 2013, being sworn in March 13, 2013.[2] On March 29, 2014, Farrugia tendered his resignation from Minister.[3]

On January 8, 2015, Farrugia was appointed as a Government whip.[2] Whilst serving as Government whip, on April 13, 2016, following the appearance of Konrad Mizzi's name in the Panama Papers leaks,[4] he was of the opinion that he would have resigned if he was in the same situation.[5]

In November 2016, Farrugia spoke out against the controversial Mrieħel Towers development,[6] stating that they do not harmonise with the landscape and the skyline of the Maltese Islands.[7]

On the 4 December 2016 he participated in walk to raise awareness of Violence against Women organised by Dar Merħba Bik.[8]

Farrugia resigned as a Government whip on the April 29, 2017.[9] Farrugia, in a public message on Facebook addressed to the Prime Minister, said that the Labour Party should have not favoured the powerful few above the national interest.[10]

On the 13th of May 2017, Farrugia resigned from the Labour Party and announced his intention to contest the election on behalf of Democratic Party.[11]

On 21 June, following a casual election for the 7th electoral district, Farrugia was elected when Beppe Fenech Adami gave up his seat for the district.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He is the partner of Marlene Farrugia, who is a member of parliament and the founder and leader of the Democratic Party.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "General Elections 2013 – District 7". gov.mt. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Hon. Godfrey Farrugia MP – Government Whip". Parlament Ta' Malta. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Godfrey Farrugia, Franco Mercieca resign, 'not a clean bill of health' – Busuttil". The Malta Independent. 2014-03-29. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Konrad Mizzi named in ICIJ Panama Papers investigation exposing global array of crime, corruption - The Malta Independent". www.independent.com.mt. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  5. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Godfrey Farrugia third PL exponent to suggest Konrad Mizzi should resign". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  6. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Controversial Mrieħel towers given the go-ahead by the Planning Authority". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  7. ^ "PL Whip Godfrey Farrugia hits out at Mriehel high-rise development - The Malta Independent". www.independent.com.mt. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  8. ^ "Ritratti: Għexieren jingħaqdu f’mixja kontra l-vjolenza domestika". newsbook. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  9. ^ "Godfrey Farrugia resigns as Labour whip, says PL using people to protect its power". Malta Independent. Retrieved 2017-04-29. 
  10. ^ "Here's The Full Resignation Letter Of Labour Whip Godfrey Farrugia". Retrieved 2017-05-01. 
  11. ^ "Watch: Godfrey Farrugia resigns from Labour Party, says it has 'lost its soul'; to contest with PD - The Malta Independent". www.independent.com.mt. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  12. ^ http://www.tvm.com.mt/en/news/video-godfrey-farrugia-elected-for-pn-on-seventh-district/
  13. ^ "Marlene Farrugia does not exclude 'convergence of political life' with partner Godfrey Farrugia". The Malta Independent. Retrieved 2017-04-29.