Watch: Thriving economy; country needs to get back on track – Muscat

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

In his final New Year’s message as Prime Minister Joseph Muscat says that Malta’s economy is thriving however he also says that the country needs to get back on track.

“The year we are ending together was a year full of challenges,” said Muscat who went on to say all decisions taken must be based on the needs of Maltese families.

“What is politics if not a tool, a means by which we can make a difference to people’s lives? I am proud that, over the past seven years, I led a government that worked to make this difference in people’s lives,” said Muscat.

“Today, we have a thriving economy, one that is not a burden on its people but rather one that is generating wealth for the benefit of our citizens, especially those who need it most. “

After listing a number of initiatives introduced by his Government, Muscat went on to talk about his departure.

“This year, that will soon come to an end, was also marked by my announcement that I will no longer serve as the Prime Minister of the Maltese and Gozitan people.

“This decision was made because it was necessary, and because I had to shoulder responsibility for the actions and decisions which I did not necessarily make. It needed to be done for the good of the country.

“Shortly after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, I stated that I would do everything in my power to see that justice was done. Today we have made significant leaps forward, thanks to the work carried out by the police, the security forces and those international institutions which offered their help.

“While at the end of the day, it is the people who will decide when the case is entirely closed, beyond the legal procedures underway in court, I am satisfied that justice is being done.

“Ultimately, I paid the highest price possible since I did not wish to leave my role in this manner. Nevertheless, I am reassured by the fact that I did everything I could have done,” said Muscat.

“In the coming days, we will be selecting a new Prime Minister to lead our country. Whoever is chosen will have a tough job and numerous challenges but I am convinced that he will do a very good job and will continue to deliver results, based on the strong mandate given to this government by the people at the last election.”

Muscat then said that Malta now needs to get back on track.

“From the bottom of my heart, on behalf of my wife Michelle, on behalf of my children and on behalf of the entire Government, I wish a Happy New Year to all Maltese and Gozitans, and I wish you great health, happiness and serenity for years to come.”

Video: OPM