Marmara’s partner and government contractor appointed Acting President

Updated to include Party reactions

In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Robert Abela will be appointing a government contractor to occupy the prestigious, although symbolic, role of Acting President of Malta while President George Vella is absent from the country.

This was announced in a brief statement by the Office of the Prime Minister earlier today, which said that Frank Bezzina will be occupying the role of Acting President instead of former PN minister Dolores Cristina who used to step in every time there was the need for an Acting President.

Bezzina is a complete outsider to the workings of government and is involved in various businesses with Labour’s pollster Vince Marmara.

Prof Frank Bezzina with his business partner, Labour pollster Vince Marmara

Bezzina, who is expected to act impartially in his role, is heavily involved in party politics and given various appointments by Robert Abela.

Apart from being nominated as one of the government-appointed pro-rectors at the University of Malta, where he teaches management, he is also the government-appointed chairman of Wasteserv and sits on the board of the Central Bank as a government appointee.

Together with Vince Marmara, who has been showered with direct orders and lucrative government contracts since Labour was returned to power in 2013, Bezzina is a business partner in Green Future Ventures Ltd, with a number of other businessmen, as well as having a 50% stake in Power Knowledge, a commercial partnership he had with Vince Marmara.

Power Knowledge was last year awarded a €604,000 tender by the OPM for so-called ‘mystery shopping’ for the public administration.

Marmara, together with Lou Bondi, has been organising activities with the Office of the President.

The OPM’s statement announcing the appointment of Bezzina as Acting President did not mention whether Abela had consulted the Leader of the Opposition before his nomination, as he is obliged to do according to the Constitution.

Opposition ‘ignores’ PM’s letter

Reacting to the news, the Nationalist Party said in a statement that it had not been consulted despite Opposition Leader Bernard Grech’s “good will in the best interest of the nation”.

The Office of the Prime Minister then published a letter sent to Grech on 2 June, giving him a week to provide his feedback.

                           
                               
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Greed
Greed
19 hours ago

The PN are basically labour mk2 they are not an opposition in any way shape or form

Pliez232
Pliez232
13 hours ago
Reply to  Greed

Can’t but agree

Joseph Muscat
Joseph Muscat
5 hours ago
Reply to  Greed

Forget about any vision or their eagerness to serve the country and it’s citizens. They are simply waiting for their turn at the trough!

Last edited 5 hours ago by Joseph Muscat
Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
4 hours ago

Question No,1:

Is “I am going to do this. (Possibly hinting: I do not expect your telling me to do that, not this)? I am awaiting for your answer within a week”. a new form of ‘diplomatic consultation’?

Question No.2:

Does the temporary appointment as Acting President carry any remuneration with it – if not adequate expertise in Constitutional matters?

viv
viv
3 hours ago

That was cheap trick by Robert Abela, all set up beforehand, and like a Gahan, Grech obliged.
Maybe the whole truth will emerge, but like magicians, the mafia never gives away their secrets.

carlo
1 hour ago
Reply to  viv

100% right. Ghalkemm il-mafia ma tibdiex mall-korrotti li ghandna jisirqu l-pajjiz u fuq kollox il-haddiem li ma hax haq caffee u pastizz.

makjavel
makjavel
1 hour ago

The Prime Minister , true his continuity promise , chooses a person who is close to the pig sty , and therefore guarantees blind obedience to his wishes and then informs the opposition of his wishes and gives a week to get an answer. This is not Consulting . This is bullying . Abela can take his wishes to the Kitchen Cabinet. He can talk to himself and his kitchen cabinet , but does not have the guts to turn up in a public discussion. In the meantime he can tell us who is renting his ODZ villa.

carlo
1 hour ago

puppet iehor – not in my name – I have no respect for people who support corruption. Gvern korrott mill-bidu sat-tmiem b’opposizzjoni muta.

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