News of the death of former prime minister Dom Mintoff on August 20 spread quickly in Malta and abroad. He was mourned by thousands of Maltese and many sent messages of condolence to his family.

I never had the chance to meet Mr Mintoff personally, but I always heard people talking about his strong character and commitment.

This shows that he left an indelible mark on Maltese politics and on the history of this beautiful island.

People mostly appreciate his reforms in the social sector especially those helping the poor and the needy. An architect by profession, he was also considered the architect of the Maltese welfare state.

We wish to express our sincerest condolences to Mr Mintoff’s family, friends and dear ones. May God bless them with the patience and strength to deal with this sad loss.

May he rest in peace. Strieħ fis-sliem, Perit.

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