‘You’ll be sworn in as a PM for all, not just Labour’ – Team Start

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Nazzjonalista Team Start (youths aged between 14 to 18) have penned an open letter to the newly elected Partit Laburista leader Robert Abela reminding him that he will be take his oath of office to become Prime Minister of each and every citizen of this country and not just Labourites.

Robert Abela was elected Partit Laburista leader following a contest which was announced when the country plunged into a political crisis over Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation which had already sparked the resignation of Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Joseph Muscat’s closest aide, Keith Schembri. Outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had announced in December that he would quit after the arraignment of Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect, Electrogas director and 17 Black owner Yorgen Fenech, that he would quit. He had come under fire for refusing to step down immediately.

On Saturday, paid up members of the ruling party voted Robert Abela, who was a backbencher and a legal consultant to the government, as the new Labour leader. The backbencher won against the Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne after he garnered 57.9% of the vote. During the internal election run up both Fearne and Abela did not mention the murder of the journalist which sparked Muscat’s resignation.

“You will also be the prime minister of those who are angered by Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the recent revelations relating to the probe,” Team Start said.

In their open letter, Team Start said that they will be giving Abela the benefit of the doubt, however they have little hope in the newly elected Partit Laburista leader who served as a legal consultant “to the most corrupt Prime Minister in the country’s political history”.

The youths within Partit Nazzjonalista reminded Abela that despite the “surplus” generated the gap had widened, and that he will become prime minister of those who ended up poorer under the current administration.

Team Start underlined that Abela will also become prime minister to those who angry at the environmental degradation in the country. The youths added that they hope that the “continuity” promised does not result into “the unbridled importation of foreign workers”, polluted air, and low wages. Their hope is that the new prime minister addresses climate change.

While addressing a party activity, Partit Nazzjonalista leader and Opposition leader Adrian Delia described Abela not as a new prime minister but quoting Abela himself “a continuation” of Joseph Muscat’s legacy. Delia remarked that the people were expecting much higher for Muscat’s successor.