Anton Refalo sworn in as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights
A Labour Party veteran politician, elected in eight consecutive general elections, a Deputy for over 32 years and cabinet experience in two legislatures, Dr Anton Refalo was today sworn in by President George Vella as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights. Dr Refalo pledged loyalty and work towards the country.
Minister Anton Refalo said “we will fight as much as we can for farmers’ and fishermen’s rights because this is an important pillar for the Maltese islands”.
His experience in the cabinet began in 1996 when he served as Parliamentary Secretary for Gozo, while in the last legislature he was Minister for Gozo. At the beginning of this legislature, Dr Refalo was not confirmed as Minister and has now been given responsibility for another ministry which was occupied for only a few days by Architect Clint Camilleri.
Following the resignation of Justyne Caruana as Gozo Minister, the Prime Minister appointed Clint Camilleri for this ministry. In his first comments prior to a cabinet meeting this morning, Mr Camilleri said he will ensure that the Gozo Ministry will belong to everyone.
Minister Camilleri said “It will be for all Gozitans, without distinction of neither political colour nor of alliances. This is a pledge I will keep. Secondly, I believe that we should push forward the road works and will be ensuring that we hit the ground running”.
Architect Camilleri was elected for the first time in Parliament in the last general election. He was previously Qala’s mayor. He was Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights and last week he was promoted to Minister with the same responsibilities. Following Monday’s developments the Prime Minister appointed him Gozo Minister.