Watch: Malta will continue having a strong economy, says PM Abela

Govt will announce further measures to assist businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Robert Abela said that Malta will continue to have a strong economy and that the government will continue to announce further measures to assist businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Robert Abela stated this while being interviewed on the Labour Party’s media, on Sunday.

Abela said that at this stage Malta has managed to contain the widespread of coronavirus without having to order a lockdown. This has helped to find a balance between the priority to safeguard the public’s health and the state of the economy.

Robert Abela reiterated the importance that everyone follows the measures and directives announced by health authorities.

The Prime Minister also said that he is convinced that Malta and Gozo will come out of the coronavirus pandemic in the near future.

Asked about Parliament’s approval on a new method of appointing a Police Commissioner, Prime Minister Robert Abela said that the new process will provide more transparency and will reduce the involvement of politicians.

On Wednesday, Parliament approved that the Police Commissioner will be appointed following a public call and the Public Appointments Committee will have to scrutinize the process.

Robert Abela noted that this new method follows recommendations made by the Venice Commission. He also said that it was one of his dreams which came to reality as our country needs to safeguard the rule of law, an issue which used to divide political parties, said Abela.

During the interview, Robert Abela referred to the nomination of Judge Mark Chetcuti as Chief Justice. He said that the agreement between the government and the Opposition shows a great sense of political maturity. Robert Abela also explained that they did not only agree on the nomination of the Chief Justice but also agreed on the judicial appointment reform.

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