48 hours without a Cabinet: Here are some indications
48 hours without a cabinet here are some indications - 48 hours without a Cabinet: Here are some indications

It has been nearly 48 hours since Robert Abela took an oath of office to serve as Malta’s Prime Minister.

Since then, there has been a flurry of meetings at Castille for him to form a Cabinet of Ministers and parliamentary secretaries.

Nothing has been made official yet, but several ideas have filtered through to the media.

Here are some indications:

Chris Fearne will remain Health Minister and Deputy PM. At first it is understood that there was some resistance from Fearne to accept the position from the man who beat him at the election for the Labour Party leadership. But once this was cleared, Abela could continue with his plan.

Chris Cardona, the other deputy leader of the PL, will not be a minister. Abela wanted to give him a portfolio which is different from the one he has held in the past years, that of economy minister. Cardona is believed to have declined. He will remain as an MP.

Silvio Schembri is set to replace Cardona as economy minister. Schembri was parliamentary secretary under Joseph Muscat.

Evarist Bartolo and Edward Scicluna will most likely remain in their position as education and finance minister respectively.

Owen Bonnici will be a minister, but he will not retain his position as minister of justice. Bonnici openly supported Fearne in the election campaign.

Byron Camilleri, who served as government whip, is set to be given a huge promotion to the Home Affairs Ministry. Michael Farrugia, who served in this role under Muscat, is to be given another portfolio.

Ian Borg is expected to lose planning from his massive portfolio, but will retain infrastructure and transport.

Meetings will continue today.

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