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This Is What Daphne Caruana Galizia Said About Labour’s Two Leadership Candidates

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Much has been said about Chris Fearne and Robert Abela, the Attard doctor and Qormi lawyer who could end up becoming Malta’s next Prime Minister in a month’s time. But what did the person who sparked this whole political crisis think of it all?

A screenshot of a comment by Daphne Caruana Galizia made two years ago has been making the rounds, not just because of the assassinated investigative journalist’s signature style, but because of her direct reference to the current two Labour leader hopefuls.

“If Fearne were an honourable man, he wouldn’t be defending those crooks or allying himself to them.”

“This is a basic principle Maltese people seem reluctant to absorb,” Caruana Galizia continued in her reply on a comment thread.

When it came to Robert Abela, Daphne had even more to say.

“As for Robert Abela, I don’t think Muscat is grooming him as his successor so much as practising the maxim of keeping your friends close but your enemies even closer,” Caruana Galizia observed.

“Abela is a vicious shark. He would have used a post in the cabinet to undermine Muscat.”

“But as Muscat’s ‘legal adviser’ – the role served by the Attorney General – he has reduced him to the status of a personal flunkey.”

Nominations for the new Labour Leader – who would effectively become Malta’s new Prime Minister – opened on Monday 9th December and close tonight.

A General Conference will be held on 6th and 7th January and, if there are more than two candidates, a vote will be taken during that conference to ascertain the two most popular candidates. The two candidates who receive the most votes will then face each other at PL Congress on 11th January.

If only Fearne and Abela remain in the race, then only one vote will take place; the PL Congress on the 11 of January.

What do you make of Caruana Galizia’s comments on Fearne and Abela two years ago?

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