Justice Minister Gilbert Licudi has apologised to Parliament for his “out of character” outburst last week in which he swore as he chastised independent MP Marlene Hassan Nahon for getting her facts wrong when asking a question.
The episode had led Mrs Hassan Nahon to label Mr Licudi a “bully” and indicate that she would make a formal complaint.
In a statement to Parliament Mr Licudi said: “Last Thursday after answering questions on hot lunches for schools and after turning my microphone off and sitting down I made an aside comment to the effect that the Hon. Lady should ‘get her facts right’.”
“In making that comment I used a term which was unnecessary, uncalled for, excessive and out-of-character.”
“I accept that I should not have used that term and for that I apologise to the House,” he said.
The Speaker of the House, Adolfo Canepa, welcomed Mr Licudi’s statement and seized the opportunity to explain that he had not heard him utter the profanity.
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