Attorney General Victoria Buttiġieġ is waiting for her office to conclude the documentation for the arraigning of Anton Refalo. Robert Abela intends to announce Anton Refalo’s resignation by the end of this week after he was informed by the AG of his imminent arraignment.
Robert Abela is also attempting to use Anton Refalo’s arraignment in court as an excuse for a cabinet reshuffle to regain control over his cabinet, however, Robert Abela is finding it extremely difficult to remove any Minister from his role. In a cabinet reshuffle, Miriam Dalli would be the default candidate to lose her ministry, however, Miriam Dalli is a contender for the leadership race, so punishing her performance by changing her ministry would be the equivalent of opening a public confrontation against her. Robert Abela is in a very tight place, but this is to be expected when the Party is against you.
Robert Abela is a coward and may very well leave Miriam Dalli as a Minister for Energy, so instead he is aiming to pick on his weakest links like Aaron Farrugia who has a dismal track record in cabinet. However, Robert has no intentions to remove Clayton Bartolo or Silvio Schembri from their posts given they are his close allies, and also defended him on his position against the public inquiry on Jean-Paul Sofia’s death.
It is yet unclear wether Robert Abela will be able to pull off this reshuffle.