There will be no state funeral for former Prime Minister Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, out of respect for his last wishes.
In a statement, the government said that out of respect for Mifsud Bonnici’s years of service, Prime Minister Robert Abela proposed that a state funeral be held for the former prime minister.
Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, Prime Minister of Malta from 1984 to 1987, died Saturday89 years old. He presided over one of the most turbulent periods in Malta’s history, taking the reins of power of a divided country from Dom Mintoff and carrying out controversial education reforms that culminated in the infamous protests and boycotts of Church schools.
“While the family of Dr Mifsud Bonnici appreciated this gesture, the family informed the Prime Minister’s office that Dr Mifsud Bonnici had expressed his wish through a declaratory letter not to undergo this type of funeral after his death. “, said the government.
The government said Abela respects the family’s decision and will communicate with them and help arrange the funeral according to the wishes of the former prime minister.
“The government reiterates its condolences to the Mifsud Bonnici family and salutes the memory of the former Prime Minister for the work he has done for Malta.”