Lawyer Robert Abela, 42, was sworn in as Malta’s prime minister, succeeding Joseph Muscat who resigned over his handling of investigations into the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Dr Abela was elected leader of the ruling Labour Party in a vote among the party members. He won 57.9 per cent of the vote, soundly beating his rival, deputy prime minister Chris Fearne.
Abela was born in Sliema on 7 December 1977 and is the son of former Maltese president George Abela. Robert Abela worked in the family law firm, specialising in industrial and labour law, and has acted as legal representative of various entities such as the Planning Authority and Air Malta. He was elected as a Member of Parliament in June 2017. He is married to Lydia, nee’ Zerafa, also a lawyer and they have a daughter Giorgia Mae.