Abela is another version of “the most corrupt leader of 2019” – PN

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Newly elected Partit Laburista leader Robert Abela has been described as another version of outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat who got a badge of dishonor ‘with crime and corruption’ man of the year award, Partit Nazzjonalista said in a statement on Sunday.

Abela was elected early on Sunday after paid up members of Partit Laburista voted the day before. Abela who was elected for the first time in 2017, served as a backbencher and a legal consultant to the government. The backbencher won against the Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne after he garnered 57.9% of the vote.

Partit Nazzjonalista said that the election of the new leader “clearly showed nothing will change with Partit Laburista in government”.

Partit Nazzjonalista referred to Abela’s speech who ensured that there will be peace of mind. It added that under a Labour-led administration of which Abela is part, ‘there can never be peace of mind’.

PN referred to Abela’s first speech and said it was practically a “photocopy of Muscat’s narrative”. It added that the speech lacked substance and failed to outline his plans once he takes over.

The Opposition noted that instead of condemning disgraced former minister Konrad Mizzi, Abela chose to “hug him”. “This shows that Abela has not learnt from past mistakes,” PN claimed.

“If Abela wants to be credible he should fire Mizzi and dismiss the Attorney General, the Police Commissioner and head of Civil Service,” Partit Nazzjonalista said.

In his first speech, Abela underlined that each Labour supporter belongs to the same party. He thanked Fearne, adding that this was just the beginning and that they will have more occasions to work together in the future. Abela promised to continue with Muscat’s project and “keep it alive”.

Malta Developers Association (MDA) wished Abela well.

The Prime Minister in waiting will take his oath to office on Monday afternoon.