“PM Abela should disassociate from Muscat immediately”

Desmond Zammit Marmara’s take Newsbook.com.mt on the honourable way forward for PM Abela


Prime Minister Robert Abela needs to keep distant and disassociate himself from Joseph Muscat and Konrad Mizzi. He must do this if he wants to make a bold statement and succeed as the newly appointed Malta’s Prime Minister. These were Desmond Zammit Marmara’s words on Newsbook.com.mt in his weekly blog.

“Many Labour Party supporters will forever think of Joseph Muscat as the leader who gave the Labour party a good number of memorable electoral wins and will think of Konrad Mizzi as an efficient Minister. However, as I always do, I want to remind all that us as Labour party supporters should not be carried away emotionally” said Desmond Zammit Marmara.

He wrote that labour party supporters have to accept the fact that Joseph Muscat is now associated with the lack of good governance and worse than that is that is his office, in Castille, as Prime Minister, was implicated with the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Supporters need to also accept that Konrad Mizzi’s name is mentioned in the international scandal Panama Papers.

Desmond Zammit Marmara said that despite many positive initiatives proposed and implemented by the Labour Government under Joseph Muscat part of the population wants things to be done differently. He mentioned how, for a great share of the population, the reputation of Malta on an international level is far more important than maybe an increase in pensions.

For this reason, said Zammit Marmara, Prime Minister Robert Abela should not just limit Joseph Muscat’s work within the Labour government but he also needs to make sure to eliminate him from government work.

Former prime minister Joseph Muscat has taken up the mantle for Steward Healthcare, requesting a meeting with his successor on the future of the hospitals’ privatisation project.

However, this week was reported by various media outlets that Joseph Muscat met with Steward Healthcare President. A meeting which according to media reports was to discuss the renegotiation of the concession agreement of 3 public hospitals. For this meeting, which took place in Castille, Prime Minister Abela and Health Minister Fearne were present.

According to Prime Minister Robert Abela, no decision has been taken on the renegotiation of aspects of the contract with Steward Healthcare Malta on the privatisation of three Maltese public hospitals. Abela was asked about Newsbook.com.mt, whether the government intends on renegotiating aspects of the deal or pull out of the contract altogether, the Prime Minister said that he was doing a thorough stocktake of the situation.

Desmond Zammit Marmara continued writing in his blog that to eliminate Muscat from governmental work and decisions is not easy and it saddens him to say it but he reiterates that it needs to be done.

He concluded by saying that difficult times call for difficult measures.