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Parliamentary Committee appoints Karl Izzo as non-resident ambassador to Montenegro

The Parliamentary Committee on Public Appointments appointed Mr Karl Izzo as non-resident ambassador for Montenegro with Government deputies voting in favour and Opposition members voting against the appointment.

Mr Izzo is a well-known personality in sports as until some months ago he was the national coach of the Maltese waterpolo team.

Dr Robert Abela, who presided the Committee’s meeting, accused the Opposition members of opposing the appointment due to Mr Izzo’s friendship with politicians.

Nationalist MP Karm Mifsud Bonnici said that the Opposition was voting against as Mr Izzo had no experience in the diplomatic corp.

Labour deputy Abela replied that the Opposition’s attitude was contradictory with its voting during a meeting of the same committee last November. He expressed hope that the Opposition does not look at persons from the sports sector as second class persons. Dr Mifsud Bonnici denied this.

Earlier, deputy Edward Zammit Lewis recused himself from presiding the meeting as Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee as he was legal counsel of Mr Izzo.

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