In a new Cabinet set-up, the Ministry of Health has remained under the portfolio of Chris Fearne who also remains Deputy Prime Minister.
Carmelo Abela has moved to a neighbouring building where he served his Ministry in the first part of this legislature, from Palazzo Parisio to Kastilja, this time as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for development, social dialogue and the implementation of the electoral manifest.
Replaying Minister Carmelo Abela as Minister for Foreign Affairs is the veteran Cabinet Member Evarist Bartolo whose Foreign Affairs portfolio also includes EU Affairs.
Assisting in the Ministry will be a new face in the Cabinet, that of lawyer Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi who will be responsible for EU Funds.
Not a new face in the Cabinet but with a new portfolio is Owen Bonnici who i the Minister for Education and Employment.
Retaining the same responsibility is Clifton Grima as Parliamentary Secretary in the Education and Employment Ministry with further responsibility for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Work.
Professor Edward Scicluna retains the Finance Ministry as well as Financial Services.
Clayton Bartolo who was elected during the last General Election has joined the Cabinet as a Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and the Digital Economy within the Finance Ministry.
From the environment, now Jose’ Herrera is Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government.
The Ministry of Ian Borg has retained the same name but now no longer incorporates the Planning Authority.
The Prime Minister retained Chris Agius as the Parliamentary Secretary with Ian Borg, responsible for Lands and Construction.
The three females in the PL Parliamentary Group have all been given a Cabinet role: Justyne Caruana and Julia Farrugia Portelli as Ministers and Rosianne Cutajar as a Parliamentary Secretary, the youngest Member of the Cabinet.
Three former Ministers from the first part of the legislature are no longer in the Cabinet. These are Chris Cardona, Joe Mizzi and Konrad Mizzi. Replacing Joe Mizzi as Minister for Energy and Water Services is Dr Michael Farrugia who was previously Minister for Internal Affairs and National Security.
Justyne Caruana has been retained as Minister for Gozo.
Another Minister who has retained his position is Michael Falzon who has remained Minister for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity.
Replacing Anthony Agius Decelis, is Silvio Parnis as Parliamentary Secretary for the Active Elderly and Disabled Persons.
The only Minister who was formerly a backbencher is Dr Byron Camilleri who will assume responsibility for Internal Affairs, National Security and Legal Enforcement.
In Dr Camilleri’s Ministry, former Whip Alex Muscat will be PS for Citizenship and Communities.
Dr Edward Zammit Lewis has been given the portfolio of Minister for Justice and includes new responsibilities for Equality and Governance.
The youngest Cabinet Member Rosianne Cutajar is the new PS for Equality and Reform within the Justice Ministry.
Five former PS appointees are now Ministers, including Roderick Galdes who has retained the portfolio for Social Accommodation.
Replacing Chris Cardona as Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Enterprises is former PS for the Digital Economy Silvio Schembri who will also be responsible for Air Malta which no longer falls under the Tourism Ministry.
The third female in the Cabinet is Julia Farrugia Portelli who assumes the Ministry for Tourism.
Justice, Governance, the Environment and Planning have been consolidated under one Ministry, a portfolio for Aaron Farrugia who as a PS previously handled EU Funds.
Clint Camilleri has also been promoted from a PS to a Minister responsible for Consumer Protection which has been raised to Ministerial level.
Clifton Grima and Chris Agius, as well as Deo Debattista have been reconfirmed as Parliamentary Secretaries, Debattista for Consumer Protection and Public Cleansing under Clint Camilleri’s Ministry.