Radical changes in new Maltese Government cabinet

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The appointment of the new cabinet by Prime Minister Robert Abela is a radical change from his original position stated in the run up to the Labour Party leadership election held last Saturday when he had stated that there would be no cabinet reshuffle if he was elected.

In fact whilst only a few ministers retained their post, major changes were announced in other portfolios such as Social Accommodation, Local Heritage, Consumer Protection and Animal’s Rights which have been promoted to ministerial levels.

Also worth mentioning is the renaming of the Ministry for Justice and Governance, the consolidation of Environment and Planning into one Ministry and the ommision of Joe Mizzi, Chris Cardona and Anthony Agius Decelis.

According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister,  the Prime Minister Robert Abela has chosen his new cabinet as follows:

Chris Fearne
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health

Evarist Bartolo
Minister for Foreign and European Affairs

Edward Scicluna
Minister for Finance and Finance Services

Michael Farrugia
Minister for Energy and Water Management

Owen Bonnici
Minister for Education and Work

José Herrera
Minister for Local Heritage, Art and Local Government

Carmelo Abela
Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister (responsible for sustainable development, social dialogue and the implementation of the electoral manifest)

Ian Borg
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects

Justyne Caruana
Minister for Gozo

Michael Falzon
Minister for Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity

Edward Zammit Lewis
Minister for Justice, Equality and Governance

Roderick Galdes
Minister for Social Accommodation

Silvio Schembri
Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Businesses

Julia Farrugia Portelli
Minister for Tourism

Aaron Farrugia
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Clint Camilleri
Minister for Agrary Policies and Fishing, Animal Rights and Consumer Protection

Byron Camilleri
Minister for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement

New Parliamentary Secretaries in the New Cabinet

Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds

Clayton Bartolo
Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy

Clifton Grima
Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Sport and Voluntary Work

Chris Agius
Parliamentary Secretary for Lands and Construction

Silvio Parnis
Parliamentary Secretary for Active Ageing and Persons with Disability

Rosianne Cutajar
Parliamentary Secretary for Equality and Reforms

Deo Debattista
Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Public Cleaning

Alex Muscat
Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Communities

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