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US News Malta: Robert Abela to replace scandal-tarnished Joseph Muscat as PM

07:10  12 january  2020
07:10  12 january  2020 Source:   dw.com

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Robert Abela will be sworn in on Monday. Outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was forced to resign over a probe into the murder of an investigative Robert Abela won a Labour Party leadership contest in Malta early on Sunday, meaning he will be the European Union country's next prime minister.

Robert Abela elected as Labour leader after PM Joseph Muscat resigned amid controversy surrounding investigation of journalist’s death.

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Robert Abela will be sworn in on Monday. Outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was forced to resign over a probe into the murder of an investigative journalist.

Robert Abela won a Labour Party leadership contest in Malta early on Sunday, meaning he will be the European Union country's next prime minister.

Chris Fearne wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Abela (left) beat out Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne for the Labour Party leadership post © Reuters/D. Lupi Abela (left) beat out Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne for the Labour Party leadership post Incumbent party leader and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was forced to resign after coming under immense pressure for his handling of the political and legal debacle stemming from the 2017 car bombing that killed investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Malta 's Prime Minister and Labour leader Joseph Muscat was set to resign on Sunday after his party elects a new leader AFP. Neither has criticised Muscat or referred to the Caruana Galizia murder in the run-up to the election. Both have insisted they represent continuity, highlighting their determination

Robert Abela (left) was chosen as the next head of Malta 's Labour party replacing scandal -plagued Joseph Muscat who is stepping down [Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters]. Robert Abela is set to become the new prime minster of Malta on Sunday after incumbent Joseph Muscat 's downfall over the

A lawyer, Abela beat out Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne for leadership of the Labour Party. He will be sworn in on Monday.

Considered an outsider who has only been a member of parliament since 2017, Abela had sided with critics of the investigation into Caruana Galizia's murder.

The 42-year-old is the son of former Maltese President George Abela.

He has promised to engage citizens and focus on social issues, such as affordable housing.

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