Chris Fearne has officially confirmed he will contest the upcoming Labour leadership election, which will decide who will succeed Joseph Muscat as Prime Minister of Malta.
Transport Minister Ian Borg, who had been tipped to contest the role, announced shortly afterwards that he would be endorsing Fearne.
In a Facebook post, Chris Fearne, the deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister, pledged to ensure that the full truth emerges and that full justice is served, a reference to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
He also said he will ensure that Malta will once again come “first and foremost” and work tirelessly to improve the island’s reputation overseas.
“This is a historic moment for the country and the party. We’re at a crossroads and the choices we make in the coming days will have a huge impact on our future,” Fearne said.
“The nation and the party are eagerly calling us, a cry that is echoing around the four corners of this sweet land. I have heard this call and I’ll respond to it. After speaking to my family and a lot of people, I’ve decided to submit my nomination for the position of leader of the Labour Party.”
“I am Maltese. I am a Labourite. I will ensure that the full truth emerges and that full justice is served. I will ensure that our institutions work with integrity and independence.”
“I will shoulder the weight of the country and I expect the same from everyone. Everyone. I will see that Malta’s name is cleared of all stains. I will send Europe and the world a clear message: the true Malta is still here and alive in the hearts of each and every one of us – hardworking, honest and creative people who are ready to compete with everyone. I will ensure that the historic mandate you gave us at the last election will be carried out with more determination than ever before.”
“Just as I have done in the 40 years I’ve spent militating in the party, I will ensure that unity will reign so that we will keep on winning elections. I will work with everyone who is endowed with integrity and goodwill. I will see that Malta once again comes first and foremost.”
“To do all of this, I need one thing – I need you to stand shoulder to shoulder with me. The road is long and uphill. I am ready to dedicate my live to this country and party. I am Maltese. I am a Labourite.”
Leadership nominations open on Monday and close on Wednesday. A General Conference will be held on 6th and 7th January and, if there are more than two candidates, a vote will be taken. The two candidates who receive the most votes will then face a vote at PL Congress on 11th January.