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WATCH: Who is Robert Abela?

He was born on 7th December in 1977.

He spent his childhood in Għaxaq and Marsascala together with his sister Marija. His interest in politics began when his father Dr George Abela was Labour Party Deputy Leader and later appointed President of Malta. His mother Margaret worked in the administrative office at the Old University in Valletta and later in the legal family office.

Dr Robert Abela began his education at the Sister’s School in Santa Luċija and he underwent his Primary School education at St Francis in Cospicua.

Languages were his favourite subject and at St Aloysius College he underwent his Secondary School and Sixth Form education.

Football was always his favourite sport and he used to play for Hibernians and Sliema. His interest in football was so great that he was part of the national youth as a goalkeeper.

Aged 18 he began his legal studies at University where he also met his future wife Lydia who was also following legal studies. At that time he was also interesting himself in being involved with the Labour Party and his first taste of politics was when he followed and supported his father during the 1996 General Election.

Dr Robert Abela graduated as a lawyer in 2002 and began working in his father’s legal office. He specialised in employment and family legislation, as well as planning and industrial legislation.

In 2008 he was involved in his father’s campaign when Dr George Abela contested the Labour Party Leadership after the resignation of Dr Alfred Sant.

In the same year he married Lydia and in 2012 they gave birth to their daughter, Georgia Mae. In 2017, Dr Robert Abela met Dr Joseph Muscat invitation to contest the General Election. He was elected from the Sixth District for the first time and was on a Parliamentary Committee besides being the PM’s Cabinet Consultant.