Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ACCESS ASIA

Rescuing India's lost children

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Mexican taxi drivers protest rise of Uber

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'A calamitous choice'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

All work and no play

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Dance like nobody's watching!

Read more

DEBATE

Burundi's brutal standoff: One month on, tension spirals (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Burundi's brutal standoff: One month on, tension spirals (part 1)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Masoud Barzani: 'We are prepared to recover Mosul very quickly'

Read more

FOCUS

Lebanon marks one year without a president

Read more

Europe

Labour Party poised to win parliamentary polls in Malta

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-03-10

Malta’s opposition Labour Party appeared to have won the country’s parliamentary election, according to projections based on samplings of first ballots counted on Sunday. It would be the socialists’ first return to government in 15 years.

An election victory is returning Malta’s Labor party to power after 15 years in the opposition.

Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi of the Nationalist Party conceded defeat on Sunday as ballots were still being counted in the island nation and eurozone member. Labor leader Joseph Muscat will be sworn in as the new prime minister on Monday.

Projections by both parties indicated a decisive victory for Labor, giving it 55 percent of the votes cast, compared to 43 percent for the conservatives.

Smaller parties took the rest of the votes, as Labor clinched its biggest victory since Malta obtained independence from Britain in 1964.

Complete results weren’t expected until late Sunday, and the exact breakdown of seats in Parliament was still being determined.

Analysts said the shift in power apparently reflects voter desire for change.

The conservative Nationalists had kept unemployment at 4.3 percent and pledged to reduce taxes. But Labor promised to lower energy tariffs and fight corruption.

(AP)

Date created : 2013-03-10

  • EUROZONE

    Moody's slashes ratings for six eurozone nations

    Read more

  • MALTA

    Parliament overturns divorce ban

    Read more

COMMENT(S)