Jānis Zelmenis


15 March, 2013

Malta election first-count results confirm early projections showing Malta’s Labour Party won the vote for the first time since the euro’s start as voters rejected the ruling Nationalist Party even after it helped shield the nation from Europe’s debt crisis.

Labour, led by 39-year-old former journalist Joseph Muscat, claimed 55 percent of the vote, 11 percentage points more than the Nationalists, according to results released March 11. he margin of victory is the biggest since at least 1964 and initially suggests the Labour Party may have a parliamentary majority of 9 seats out of a minimum of 65, the largest any Maltese government has held since before independence from Great Britain in 1964.

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