Watch: ‘We’re bringing normality back’ – Abela

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‘We’re bringing everything back to normal,’ newly elected Partit Laburista leader Robert Abela told supporters on Gozo during his first visit since he was sworn in as a prime minister on Saturday morning.

Abela met with supporters along the way before proceeding to address those who gathered at Independence Square in Victoria. Addressing the crowd, Abela said that there were difficult decisions which had to be taken. He added that as soon as he was sworn in as a prime minister he started to work to restore normality. ‘This can be felt,’ he told the crowd.

Abela acknowledged “the difficult moments”, adding that “better times were coming and were already here”.

On the newly sworn in cabinet, Abela said that he was “proud” of his cabinet. He remarked that there was a lot of work to do which requires courage. He added that there are decisions to be taken, too.

Speaking about the Partit Laburista leadership race, he remarked that the party united behind the newly elected leader once the results were out. “We’ve come out stronger following the leadership race. This was thanks to all of you,” Abela affirmed.

‘When I was here last, you asked me not to forget about Gozo, and here I am today keeping my word,’ Abela told the party supporters. He added that he loved the island very much and was on top of his priority list.

Abela said that he believes that more foreign investment is needed in Gozo.

On Friday evening, Abela announced that he intends on contesting the next general election on the second district which includes Vittoriosa, Cospicua, Senglea, Kalkara, Żabbar, Xgħajra and Fgura and is known to be a Labour stronghold. Abela was interviewed on popular prime time TV show Xarabank along with his wife and daughter.

Former Prime Minister and Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat had contested the second district in the 2013 general election and 2017 snap election. He resigned earlier this week after announcing his imminent resignation back in December in the wake of new revelations in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation.

Party activists have complained that no MP elected from the second district has been appointed in the new Cabinet.