Robert Abela has revealed he feels ‘greatly honoured’ to serve as Malta’s new prime minister.
In his first major speech to the nation, he said that Malta needs to ‘keep moving forward’.
In a televised address on Monday night, the new PM added: ‘People want peace of mind and stability.
‘People want national unity because this always made us stronger.
‘Let us find common ground so that together we can move forward.
‘I am in politics to help people and this is what I will keep doing. Together we will keep working for the benefit of the country.’
Dr Abela starts his new job on Tuesday morning after being sworn-in on Monday by President George Vella.
He was greeted by crowds in Valletta before entering Castille as prime minister for the first time, with his wife Lydia and seven-year-old daughter Giorgia Mae by his side.
It’s a busy day ahead for Malta’s new prime minister.
One of his first major tasks will be select a new cabinet of ministers to run the government.
Lawrence Gonzi’s former head of communications Gordon Pisani said the first few days are always ‘frantic’ for any prime minister.
He told the Times of Malta: ‘The decisions taken in the first few days are imperative.
‘The prime minister needs to take into consideration how the skills and knowledge of the people he appoints will fit in with his vision.’