PM laughs off resignation rumours
The Prime Minister on Monday dispelled rumours about his supposed resignation,
insisting that he intended to continue serving the country.
The Prime Minister laughed when asked by The Malta
Financial and Business Times whether he would be reflecting on his own
personal political future during the summer recess.
"I have always said that I am in politics to serve. We have just
come out of an election where the people have entrusted me to serve
and I intend to continue giving my service," Dr Fenech Adami answered
with no hint of stepping down.
Rumours that Dr Eddie Fenech Adami would resign before 1 May 2004 have
been spreading since the election and were in part fuelled by the Prime
Ministers absence from the public sphere.
Mondays press conference at Castille at the end of the last Cabinet
meeting before the summer recess reserved nothing newsworthy, except
perhaps, an admission that government was to dedicate more energy to
solving the financial deficit.
The press conference was more of a public statement by Dr Fenech Adami
that he was still in command. Trying to shed the low profile adopted
after the election, Dr Fenech Adami wanted to show that he still had
his feet on the ground. The public appearance came at a time of uncertainty
caused by the bad news on public finances and the controversy over the
siting of two interim landfills next to Mnajdra.
Meanwhile, the Prime minister admitted that cabinet discussed a number
of measures to tackle the growing public deficit. Dr Fenech Adami did
not elaborate on the measures but said that in September Minister Dalli
would be working with the other ministers to start drafting the budget
for next year.
The Prime minister also said that the long-drawn referendum and election
campaigns had possibly contributed to the worsening of public finances.
Referring to the landfill controversy, Dr Fenech Adami stood by the
decision taken to create two temporary landfills next to Mnajdra and
said that it was now up to MEPA to determine whether the application
Government ministers now go into sleep mode for their holidays but come
September they will have some hard decisions to take and time may not
be entirely on their side.