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WATCH: Remember this? Old footage shows Agatha Barbara approving the 1984 budget
Back then, the budget was handled by Finance Minister Wistin Abela.

Benjamin Abela

As the country gears up to hear all about the government’s budget for 2022 later today, the page Malta Audio Visual Memories took to social media to share some footage of this very same event – just a couple of years back…

Malta Audio Visual Memories’ latest post transports us to 1984, when Agatha Barbara was the country’s President.

The footage shows heaps of budget documents getting packed safely in suitcases, before being transported to the then-President’s office.

As camera flashes light up the room, Agatha Barbara calmy looks through the documents before signing off her approval.

Back then, the budget was in the hands of Wistin Abela, the country’s former Finance, Economic Development, Customs, and Ports Minister.

You can spot the former Finance Minister carefully handling the budget documents and handing them over to the President at various points throughout the video.

Wistin Abela served as Finance Minister from 1983 to 1987 and Deputy Prime Minister from 1981 to 1983.

In case you didn’t know, not only was Agatha Barbara the first-ever woman to hold the office of President of Malta, but she remains the longest-serving female Member of Parliament in Maltese history.

Do you remember this budget?

11th October 2021


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Benjamin is a Writer at Content House Group. With his background in journalism, marketing, and the arts, Benjamin enjoys finding the human aspect to any story he gets a hold of. When he's not too busy writing his next article, you could probably find him playing with his cats or performing on a stage.

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