Watch: Focus on economy in post-coronavirus scenario, Abela says

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Laburista leader Robert Abela said that once Malta manages to come out of the coronavirus epidemic, the country’s focus will be on strengthening the economy. During an interview on Partit Laburista’s station, Abela spoke about migration, economy, and the coronavirus pandemic.

Abela who was installed as prime minister after disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had to step down following some progress in the murder investigation of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, noted that the government led by him was still in its honeymoon period when it had to deal with an unprecedented political crisis and a global pandemic.

The arrest of murder suspect Yorgen Fenech who was also a director in the Electrogas power station had sparked the resignation of Muscat and his close aides – Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi.

Mentioning the crisis, Abela said that at the time he became prime minister he had to take difficult decisions but the “final decisions were always his”.

Speaking about the pandemic, Abela said that he hoped that the “new normal” was not so different from life before the pandemic. He said he would not like to see a situation where people are afraid of each other. He maintained that if the public continues to adhere to the instructions issued by the health authorities, Malta could continue registering progress in its fight against the pandemic. Abela noted that while the government had inherited a strong economy, one could do better after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

He mentioned that the government intends to continue the gradual lift off of restrictive measures in the coming weeks. Abela remarked that the government had taken timely decision in its strategy to contain the virus. He compared the figures registered in Malta with other countries.

“The more we sacrifice today, the more we will enjoy ourselves tomorrow,” he said.

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