“I’m retiring with my mind at rest” – Scicluna

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Former Finance Minister Edward Scicluna will be retiring from politics with his mind at rest after his successor was named.

Addressing a Partit Laburista activity on Sunday, Scicluna who has been named as the new governor for the Central Bank, said that in his opinion Clyde Caruana is the ideal choice as a Finance Minister.

Opposition leader and Partit Nazzjonalista leader Bernard Grech criticised Caruana’s appointment saying that he had no experience leading a ministry.

On Saturday, Abela unveiled his new cabinet after having accused the media of fueling speculation and saying that he would only carry out a reshuffle if this was in the national interest.

Scicluna said that appointing a new cabinet was not an easy decision but a prime minister had to take difficult decisions. He added that while the past offered some comfort, Prime Minister Abela needs a more youthful cabinet.

“When Abela goes before the electorate, he would tell them this is my team,” Scicluna said.

Speaking about Caruana, Scicluna remembers him as a hardworking student. He remarked that Caruana worked on important reforms, adding that without a doubt, he believes that Caruana would do a good job as a finance minister.

Scicluna said that the country cannot continue to undermine itself, and when he becomes the new Central Bank governor he will work with both sides of the house and the Maltese MEP delegation in the interest of Malta. “We need to stand united before foreigners,” he said.