Outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has shared a photo of his family and incoming Prime Minister Robert Abela’s family just hours before his successor is sworn in.
In the photo, the four parents stand behind their three daughters. On the left, Robert Abela stands beside his wife Lydia, and behind their daughter Georgia Mae.
On the right, Joseph Muscat stands beside his wife Michelle and behind their daughters Soleil and Etoile.
Joseph and Robert stand in the centre, with Robert’s arm around Joseph’s shoulder.
“On this very special day, Michelle, Etoile Ella, Soleil Sophie and I wish Lydia, Giorgia Mae and Robert all the very best for the future #newbeginnings,” Muscat said on Instagram today.
The photo comes after Abela won the Labour Party’s leadership race over the weekend in a landslide victory against his competitor, Chris Fearne.
The picture was met with positive comments, with many Labour supporters seeing it as a good omen for the future of their party amid hopes that unity reigns once a new leader takes over.
Abela is set to officially become Malta’s Prime Minister today at 3 pm, where he will be sworn in at the President’s Palace in Valletta. He is expected to meet his Parliamentary Group for the first time as Prime Minister shortly after.