Watch: “Continuity produced results; mistakes won’t be repeated” – Abela

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Robert Abela delivered his first speech as Partit Laburista’s new leader in Paola.

Diskors ta' Robert Abela – Mexxej Elett tal-Partit Laburista

Diskors ta' Robert Abela – Mexxej Elett tal-Partit Laburista

Posted by Partit Laburista on Sunday, January 12, 2020

Speech highlights:

  • Abela says the country isn’t demanding anything complicated to be delivered
  • “I believe in discipline a lot”
  • Says the PL is a party of unity, success, and social justice
  • Promises to convince those who have their doubts about him
  • Fearne not spotted among the crowd; Delia rebukes Abela for embracing Konrad Mizzi
18:50 The event comes to an end. Thanks for following
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18:47 The National Anthem is played
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18:42 And with those words Abela ends his speech
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18:42 "We are all the children of one family"
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18:40 “I am yours because you showed me so much respect which I have to reciprocate”
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18:39 Abela thanks the youth for their support. He says that he wants the youth to be protagonists alongside him to push Malta forwards
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18:36 Abela: The country isn’t asking complicated things of us. I promise to work as hard as I can for people to be at ease. I appeal to the business community to have courage. I ask of you to keep the workers in mind.
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18:35 “I believe that the best of times are still ahead of us”
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18:35 Abela says he already started working. He says he can’t work alone and appeals for support.
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18:33 Abela speaks about the importance of self-discipline. He says that this isn’t a moment during which Malta is facing tragedies. He describes the climate as a sensitive one. He says that the country will be leaving this moment behind sooner than people think.
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18:32 “I believe a lot in discipline”
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18:31 He is determined to see that his party is allowed to continue with its mandate to govern.
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18:30 Abela says continuity is good because it produced good results. He adds that changes also need to be done. Says that those who do nothing don’t make mistakes.
“The mistakes made won’t be repeated.”
“We will continue strengthening the rule of law and good governance”
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18:28 He says that the party should be proud of all the good deeds it did during the past 7 years
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18:26 “We are the party of success”
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18:25 Abela wants his party to enable social mobility
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18:24 “We are a party of social justice”
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18:23 Abela: We need to create a balance between having a party open to everyone while not forgetting about those who always were there for the PL.
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18:22 “We are the party of unity”
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18:21 Abela described Joseph Muscat as the party’s friend. He says he won’t be speaking about his legacy because this is usually done when someone passes away. He says he will be continuing the work Muscat started.
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18:20 Abela is looking forward to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of his party this year
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18:19 Abela wants the PL to continue being a winning party in order to create more wealth
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18:17 He says he will be working to convince those who still have their doubts about him. He thanks Chris Fearne, who he describes as his friend. He says he spoke to Fearne this morning who congratulated him. He says that it isn’t the end of the road for Fearne and urges him to continue working with alongside him
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18:15 Abela says the PN is still facing repercussions of its last leadership election. In his opinion, following the PL’s leadership election the party is more united than ever
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18:14 PN Leader Adrian Delia Tweets: It took less than 24hrs for Robert Abela to break his first promise. Instead of sacking Konrad Mizzi he embraced him in his first public rally.
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18:14 Abela says he is proud of his party’s supporters for their enthusiasm and love for the PL
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18:13 Abela says that the PL passed through a difficult moment which wasn’t its fault.
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18:12 "I'm emotional" – Abela begins his speech
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17:57 Abela reaches the stage
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17:47 Abela is making his way towards the stage. He shakes hands and takes selfies along the way
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17:40 Micallef invites Robert Abela to the stage to deliver his remarks
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17:39 Micallef thanks Chris Fearne for being a true friend. He promises Abela to be available whenever he is needed, just like he continued to serve Joseph Muscat until the end.
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17:38 Micallef says he was happy to hear Robert Abela saying that the winner of the election was the PL.
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17:37 Daniel Micallef says he is proud to be a Labourite. He says that the past weeks weren’t easy for the PL as they had to organise an election in 6 weeks. Micallef says he got emotional when the boxes containing the voting ballots arrived at the party’s headquarters.
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17:33 Hili announces that Robert Abela was elected as the PL's leader after winning 9,342 votes. His rival Chris Fearne garnered 6,798. A total of 16,216 votes were cast. Of these, 16,140 were valid. The turnout was 92.5%.
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17:31 Hili thanks a number of individuals for their help during the election.
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17:29 Daniel Micallef invites Dr Dean Hili to the stage. Hili Chairs the PL's Electoral Commission
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17:15 It's 5.15pm. The speeches are yet to start.
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17:04 PL President Daniel Micallef is excepted to deliver introductory remarks shortly
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16:51 The speech has so far been delayed by over 45 minutes. The reason for the delay is not yet known
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16:38 President Emeritus George Abela arrives. Robert Abela is George Abela's son.
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16:24 Abela's speech is yet to start. PL media presenter Karl Stagno Navarra, who is conducting interviews before the speech, says that foreign media outlets are present which will be following Abela's first address
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16:11 Abela's speech was scheduled to begin at 4pm. The sports pavillion at Corradino is full of PL supporters eager to hear Abela
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16:07 Abela will be delivering his speech in the same hall that Muscat gave his farewell speech. It's located in Paola.
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16:03 Welcome to our live coverage of Robert Abela's first speech as PL leader.
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Partit Nazzjonalista Team Start (youths aged between 14 to 18) have penned an open letter to the newly elected Partit Laburista leader Robert Abela reminding him that he will be take his oath of office to become Prime Minister of each and every citizen of this country and not just Labourites.

Robert Abela won Partit Laburista’s leadership election. He will now be appointed as Malta’s new Prime Minister. At final count, Abela obtained 57.9% of votes while Fearne obtained 42.1%. As soon as the vote-counting commenced, Abela took the lead and maintained roughly 60% lead without faltering.

Deputy Partit Laburista leader Chris Fearne chose to thank his supporters in his first public message following Saturday’s leadership election.

Abela is another version of Muscat – PN

In a statement the PN said that Robert Abela is another version of Muscat who was described as the most corrupt leader of 2019.


The PN said Abela’s first speech was practically a photocopy of the usual narrative of ex-leader Joseph Muscat. According to the PN, the speech was lacking substance and didn’t address the difficulties people are facing.

The PN also said that Abela already broke one of his promises by embracing Konrad Mizzi on stage instead of sacking him. “If Robert Abela wants to be credible and believable then he has to start by sacking Konrad Mizzi, the Attorney General, the Police Commissioner, and the Head of the Civil Service.