The Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat has announced that he will resign in January following protests over the murder of a prominent journalist in the country.
Daphne Caruana Galizi was killed in a car bombing in 2017.
In a televised message, Mr Muscat said he had informed the country's president that he will quit as leader of the governing Labour Party on January 12.
Thousands of people had protested in the streets of Valletta today to demand his resignation.
Ms Caruana Galizia 53, had been reporting on widespread corruption in Malta's political and business circles when her car was blown up as she drove home two years ago.
This weekend, one of Malta's wealthiest men, businessman Yorgen Fenech, was charged as an accomplice to the murder.
He denies any wrongdoing.
The investigation triggered the political crisis in Malta, with the reporter's family alleging that Fenech has ties to close associates of Mr Muscat.
Reporting by IRN