Watch: Abela defends reappointment of Caruana to Cabinet

PM emphasises she was not implicated in husband’s close ties to Yorgen Fenech

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Robert Abela defended his decision to reappoint Justyne Caruana to Cabinet, just 10 months after she had resigned in the wake of the revelation that her husband – former deputy police commissioner Silvio Valletta – had gone on holiday with Yorgen Fenech.

When Abela became PM last January, succeeding Muscat who had resigned in disgrace, Caruana insisted on retaining the Gozo portfolio, but her term was short-lived, as news of her husband’s close ties to Fenech, the businessman accused of complicity in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, was soon leaked to the press.

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Her reappointment to Cabinet – as Education Minister – in last Saturday’s reshuffle raised eyebrows, but when asked by the press, Abela stood by his choice.

“Justyne Caruana was appointed as Education Minister because she is competent and because she deserves it,” the PM began.

While he refused to elaborate on any ties between Valletta and Fenech, Abela insisted that it was clear that Caruana was in no way involved in the affair. He also confirmed that the couple had since separated.

“It is clear that she was in no way involved in what was being alleged regarding her husband – that is crystal clear. Therefore, I felt that there was no difficulty in reappointing her as minister,” Abela concluded.