Prime Minister Robert Abela confirmed, with a brief statement on public television TVM, that the Labor party won the general elections, for the third consecutive time. The official result will be announced tomorrow by the electoral commission, but carousels with Labor flags have begun in the country. Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne said the success was “as solid as the previous three”, in which the Labor Party has always won an absolute majority of seats.
Bernard Grech, leader of the center-right nationalist party, congratulated Abela. The scrutineers of both parties present in the hall of the electoral commission where the counting continues, have predicted “another avalanche victory”.Labor returned to the leadership of the country in 2013 , conquering, under the leadership of Joseph Muscat, the absolute majority with 53.5% and triggering unprecedented economic growth, accompanied by episodes of corruption first denounced by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia , killed with a bomb placed in her car on October 16, 2017.
Four months earlier, Muscat had called early elections, after he resigned in response to revelations by the reporter about Cabinet Chief Keith Schembri and Minister Konrad Mizzi. On June 5, 2017 Muscat and Labor confirmed each other by increasing the consensus to 55.04%. In December 2019 Muscat was forced to resign following street protests after developments in the investigation into the journalist’s murder led to the arrest of tycoon Yorgen Fenech (last year he was indicted with a request for life imprisonment as principal) and the revelation of his links with Mizzi and Schembri. Robert Abela, 45, succeeded Muscat in January 2020, beating Fearne himself in the race for the leadership of the Labor Party (and therefore for the leadership of the government) decided with the vote among the party members.
In his two years of government, the consensus towards Labor has been consolidated thanks to the good management of the pandemic and the strong support for the most affected economic sectors. Last year Malta was included by the International Anti-Money Laundering Task Force (Fatf) on the gray list of jurisdictions under observation. Within two months, the executive agreed with the Fatf on a roadmap of reforms and in the last general assembly of the task force the exit of Malta from the gray list was recommended.
According to the projection on the basis of the ballots scrutinized so far, Labor, led by Robert Abela who in January 2020 and succeeded Joseph Muscat, will again win an absolute majority of seatsparliamentarians with a posting of “over thirty thousand votes”, equal to about 10% of the votes cast.
The live broadcast from the Salone dello Spoglio, published in streaming by the Maltese media, shows scenes of exultation of Labor supporters, while celebrations have begun in the country with a large launch of fireworks. As per Maltese tradition, the celebrations will continue tomorrow. The turnoutto renew the Maltese parliament and government it was 85.5% of the voters, the lowest in almost 60 years according to the first estimate communicated by the electoral commission after the closing of the polls. A sharp decline, compared to 92.1% of voters in the 2017 elections. Despite the extension of the right to vote to 16-year-olds, yesterday in Malta the percentage of voters (303,575 out of a total of 355,075 eligible) went below the threshold 90% for the first time since 1966, just two years after the declaration of independence from the British Empire, when it was 89.7%.

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