Labor Party in Malta wins general election | News


The ruling Malta Labor Party claimed victory in the general election held the day before on Sunday, according to its own preliminary results in a vote marked by the lowest turnout in decades.


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Prime Minister Robert Abela said in a call with TVM News channel that his center-left party had won the majority, without giving details, as Labor delegates at the Naxxar vote-counting center celebrated victory in advance. .

In the absence of knowing the final count of votes, it is expected that Abela, a 44-year-old lawyer and politician, will be sworn in on Monday and form the new government for the next five years. The leader of the Nationalist Party, Bernard Grech has recognized his defeat.

Final results are not expected until Sunday night or even Monday, but Malta’s two main parties, Labor and the Nationalist Party, take samples from Saturday’s vote to determine the preliminary result.

The Labor politician came to the leadership of Malta in 2020, after Joseph Muscat resigned amid protests over the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, who had investigated corruption and links between powerful businessmen and officials in Malta.

The elections have been marked by a historically low turnout, although 85% of Maltese have gone to the polls.

Prime Minister Robert Abela struck a humble tone in his election victory speech, vowing not to “tolerate any arrogance” with anyone and reaching out to people who did not vote for the PL.

“Humility will characterize this legislature,” Abela told a crowd of PL supporters who gathered outside Mile End. “I will insist on this and lead by example. I will insist that everyone who is part of the management is there for you and not the other way around.”

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean that lies between Sicily and the North African coast.

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