Chris Cardona will not be retaining his Economy ministry, sources confirmed with The Malta Independent, however it is not clear what position he has
Cardona will not retain economy ministry - sources

Cardona will not retain economy ministry - sources

Cardona will not retain economy ministry - sources

Cardona will not retain economy ministry - sources

Cardona will not retain economy ministry - sources

Cardona will not retain economy ministry - sources
Cardona will not retain economy ministry - sources
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Chris Cardona will not be retaining his Economy ministry, sources confirmed with The Malta Independent, however it is not clear what position he has been given.

Newly elected Prime Minister Robert Abela is currently holding meetings with MPs ahead of him announcing his new Cabinet.

The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party has been appearing behind the new Prime Minister, so it could be possible that he might be given a stronger ministry.

Clayton Bartolo, who has been a strong supporter of Abela and backed him throughout his campaign is also expected to be given a ministry.


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Cardona will not retain economy ministry - sources

PN MP Simon Busuttil to take up top Brussels post

PN MP Simon Busuttil to take up top Brussels post

PN MP Simon Busuttil will be stepping down as a Member of Parliament in order to take up a top jon in the European People's Party (the EU Parliamentary party that the PN forms part of).

Busuttil will be the EPP's Secretary General.

PN MEP David Casa posted the following on Twitter: "@SimonBusuttil is the @EPPGroup's new Secretary General. This prestigious role places Simon at the helm of the largest and strongest political group in @Europarl_EN, and is deserved by Simon who is respected and admired across the board." PN MEP Roberta Metsola also congratulated him.

Busuttil had become an MP back in 2013, when he was also elected Opposition Leader prior to this, he had been an MEP. He remained in that position until the PN's defeat in the 2017 general elections. The main focus of his campaign was the fight against corruption.

Following this, Busuttil stepped down from being the Opposition Leader but remained in Parliament. This caused problems within the PN, with many seeing Busuttil as a rival for his successor, Adrian Delia, however more recently the rift within the PN seems to have quietened down.

 

 Chris Cardona moved out of economy portfolio

Chris Cardona moved out of economy portfolio

Labour Party deputy leader Chris Cardona has been moved out of the economy ministry by Prime Minister Robert Abela.

The move has been confirmed by people close to Cardona who told MaltaToday that ministry officials have been told to clear their stuff by tomorrow morning.

It remains unclear what role Cardona will play in Abela’s Cabinet with persistent rumours suggesting that he was offered the tourism ministry.

Cardona was twice summoned to Castille by Abela. Each time, Cardona stuck to the script, insisting Cabinet appointments were the Prime Minister’s prerogative.

Cardona was embroiled in controversy in the previous legislature when murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia had alleged that he was present at a brothel in Germany while on an official visit there. He denied the accusations and filed libel cases against the journalist, which were never continued on procedural matters.

Important mobile phone location data that could prove or disprove Cardona’s presence at the brothel and which was secured by the magistrate in the libel case, never made it in public after the case dropped.

However, the ongoing public inquiry into the Caruana Galizia murder has asked for the data to be included in the acts of the inquiry.

During the leadership campaign, Abela had said that he would expect his ministers to act in an ethically correct way and lead by example when asked whether he would keep a minister who goes with a prostitute.

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