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Updated: Malta strips Gaddafi of his honours

Parliament greeting Gaddafi in the Old Tapestry Chamber in the early 1970s.

Parliament greeting Gaddafi in the Old Tapestry Chamber in the early 1970s.

The Maltese government has decided to withdraw the Maltese honours bestowed on former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, it was announced today.

Col. Gaddafi was made honorary member of the “Xirka Gieh ir Reppublika” on December 5, 1975 and honorary companion of honour of the National Order of Merit on February 8, 2004.

The honours will be withdrawn through a resolution which will be presented in Parliament once it reconvenes after the summer recess.

Meanwhile, it was also announced yesterday that Gaddafi Garden in Corradino is to be renamed.

PL says resolution should be bipartisan

The Labour Party in a statement said it agreed that Gaddafi should be stripped of the honours bestowed by the different administrations of Malta. It suggested that the resolution should be moved jointly by the government and the opposition in a sign of unity.

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