Robert Abela avoids journalists, press conferences and debates for the fourth consecutive day
Prime Minister Robert Abela hid from the press, refusing to hold a press conference or even answer reporters’ questions for the fourth consecutive day.
Abela last held a press conference on Monday, Feb. 28, where he declined to answer questions about a controversial real estate deal involving suspected kidnapper and suspected money launderer Christian Borg.
Since then, he has refused to entertain the press, choosing instead to speak exclusively at party political activities. On Wednesday 2 March, Abela visited Junior College, however, the press was not invited as the Labor Party released a statement on the event later that day.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, March 4, the DPI informed the media that Abela would be visiting SR Technics to dedicate a new six-bay hangar at 5:45 p.m.
However, Abela once again dodged questions from reporters, with videos showing him quickly exiting the press event.
Abela has yet to call a press conference today, which usually takes place around 10 a.m. at the Rialto theater in Bormla.
The Maltese Prime Minister has been somewhat reluctant to face direct challenges to politics in this election – and although he said he agreed to a debate with PN leader Bernard Grech at the University of Malta, no date has not been officially announced.
Abela also came under pressure over the Borg-related real estate deal, which experts say could have been a possible legal loophole to avoid tax exposure.
Borg was recently released on bail for a case in which a man was kidnapped, beaten and threatened.
Borg and several of the men involved in the case are reportedly being investigated for drug trafficking and money laundering.
Meanwhile, he has also been linked to an alleged €3million racketeering with Transport Malta officials.
With the election less than a month away, one has to wonder why Abela is avoiding debate before the vote.
Why do you think Abela avoids the press?