Former Labour MP Luciano Busuttil has explained why he will not seek a return to parliament and its "uncomfortable" green seats.
Dr Busuttil was elected to the House in 2008 and 2013 and was chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the last legislature. He accompanied the prime minister to meetings of the UN General Assembly in New York in 2015.
He was one of the most frequent targets for criticism by Daphne Caruana Galizia and failed to be re-elected in the last general election.
He, however, retains his position of trust as chairman of Sport Malta.
Dr Busuttil said he was proud to serve his country, but there was a high price.
"Nothing feels important any more. Not being able to see your children grow, being treated with disdain by all as being a politician is perceived to be tantamount to being a crook; having to endure lies about yourself and worst of all, about your family; being treated like a prostitute for votes with continuous threats from constituents, to mention a few, makes you realise that life is worth more than that uncomfortable green chair," he wrote on Facebook.
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