Watch: Cabinet reshuffle only if in national interest, Abela says

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Miguela Xuereb

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Cabinet reshuffle will only happen if it is in the national interest, Prime Minister Robert Abela told reporters following a press conference in Marsa on Monday morning, without ruling out the possibility.

Speculation about a looming cabinet reshuffle began when Miriam Dalli former MEP and S&D vice president was coopted to Parliament. Abela’s own chief of staff, Clyde Caruana, also took another seat in parliament retaining his job as Abela’s head of secretariat.

Abela maintained that it was sections of the media which started off the speculation about a possible reshuffle, with the prime minister insisting that it is not true. He said that there were no uncertainties or instability.

Both Caruana and Dalli have been tipped off for top posts within Abela’s cabinet. The prime minister said that there was no time for uncertainties and that the government was functioning “serenely”.

A cabinet reshuffle will only be carried out in the interest of the country, Abela asserted.

In October, speculation was rife about a possible reshuffle with the Opposition claiming that the government has to undergo another reshuffle in ten months.

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