Watch: I’m a simple man who enjoys simple things in life – Robert Abela

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Partit Laburista leadership hopeful Robert Abela described himself as a simple man who enjoys simple things in life during an interview on Newsbook.com.mt. Asked to describe himself Abela said that he was always among people in band clubs and village squares and favoured a style of politics which reached out to most people rather than “complex politics”.

Abela along with Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne is seeking to replace outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. The latter announced in December that he will step down in January from his post following the arraignment of Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech. Despite various calls for his immediate resignation, Muscat stuck to his plan.

Abela said that he remained loyal to Muscat until the very last minute and was unprepared for the leadership campaign when the latter announced his resignation.

“The least thing I wanted was for him to leave,” Abela said who served as a consultant to the Prime Minister and the cabinet.

The Labour MP described himself as an optimist who is fond of his family, particularly his 90-year-old grandmother.

Asked about his style of leadership in comparison to Muscat, Abela said that he will leave it up to the people to decide rather than speak about himself. He added that he will not compare himself to Muscat or Fearne. He said that he believes in politics which helps the vulnerable. He added that he believes in a level playing field for all the businesses.