Watch: Ian Castaldi Paris replaces Chris Cardona

Updated 04:29 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Ian Castaldi Paris was formally sworn in as Malta’s newest MP this afternoon, after winning a casual election to the 8th district seat vacated by former Economy Minister Chris Cardona at the end of April.

The casual election was held this morning, and Castaldi Paris was one of only two candidates vying for Cardona’s old seat, along with Mosta lawyer Rachel Tua. He ended up winning by 2,286 votes to Tua’s 1,300.

Wearing a facemask as a precaution, Castaldi Paris was present at the Naxxar counting hall as the casual election was held, while Tua opted not to attend.

Subsequently, the new MP took his oath at the start of today’s parliamentary sitting, and as has become custom, he delivered a short speech on the occasion, in which he thanked the constituents who put their faith in him, his predecessor Cardona and Tua for her contribution to the Labour Party.

“I am determined to do my utmost to benefit the public. This is a new, beautiful experience that I will cherish, and I am very enthusiastic to start giving my input from today,” he said.

New MP to resign public appointments

The Lija notary had been a Nationalist Party activist, representing the party as his hometown’s mayor. He was also president of the PN’s college of councillors.

But he resigned from the party and from the council in 2014, and joined Labour a year later.

The government has since appointed him chairman of Identity Malta and a director on the board of Air Malta. However, in remarks he made to the press upon his election, he confirmed he will be resigning these posts to concentrate on his parliamentary work.

Former minister Chris Cardona resigned from his seat in Parliament on the 30th of April but had confirmed with that he will continue to serve as the Labour Party’s deputy leader for party affairs.

Cardona served as Economy Minister in Joseph Muscat’s Cabinet but was left in the backbench by Prime Minister Robert Abela.