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Muscat sworn in as Malta's new prime minister

Maltese Labour leader Joseph Muscat was sworn in as prime minister on Monday after his party swept to power for the first time in 15 years in the eurozone's smallest member state. The 39-year-old Muscat, an ex-journalist and former member of the European Parliament, scored a landslide win against the incumbent Nationalist Party of Lawrence Gonzi in elections on Saturday. "We want to work with the opposition and all those who do not agree with us but who are willing to work with us. Yesterday, this government received a historic mandate," Muscat said after being sworn in.

Malta's opposition Labour party wins elections

Malta's opposition Labour party has won a general election for the first time in over 15 years, with leader Joseph Muscat claiming a "landslide victory" Sunday in the eurozone's smallest member. Early results based on a sample of ballots from Saturday's vote showed Labour ahead with 55 percent to 43 percent for the incumbent Nationalist Party led by outgoing Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi. The provisional results suggest Labour could clinch one of the most comfortable majorities in the 65-seat parliament since the tiny Mediterranean island became independent in 1964.

Malta's opposition Labour party wins elections

Malta's opposition Labour party has won a general election for the first time in over 15 years, with leader Joseph Muscat claiming a "landslide victory" Sunday in the eurozone's smallest member. Early results based on a sample of ballots from Saturday's vote showed Labour ahead with 55 percent to 43 percent for the incumbent Nationalist Party led by outgoing Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi. The provisional results suggest Labour could clinch one of the most comfortable majorities in the 65-seat parliament since the tiny Mediterranean island became independent in 1964.

Malta's opposition Labour party wins elections

Malta's opposition Labour party has won a general election for the first time in over 15 years, with leader Joseph Muscat claiming a "landslide victory" Sunday in the eurozone's smallest member. Early results based on a sample of ballots from Saturday's vote showed Labour ahead with 55 percent to 43 percent for the incumbent Nationalist Party led by outgoing Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi. The provisional results suggest Labour could clinch one of the most comfortable majorities in the 65-seat parliament since the tiny Mediterranean island became independent in 1964.

Malta votes in general election

Malta took to the polls on Saturday in a general election expected to bring the opposition Labour party to power in the eurozone's smallest member state for the first time in more than 15 years. The party's 39-year-old leader Joseph Muscat, who has promised to unite the Mediterranean island and boost its economy, is ahead by 12 points in the polls against his rival, Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi of the Nationalist Party. Polls close at 2100 GMT and vote counting will begin on Sunday.

Eurozone high-flyer Malta readies for elections

The tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, a rare example of a eurozone state with low unemployment, respectable economic growth and solid public finances, goes to the polls on Saturday. Opinion polls suggest that major change is afoot -- the opposition Labour Party is tipped to clinch power after an absence of more than 15 years. That prospect comes four years after the party elected 39-year-old Joseph Muscat, a former member of the European Parliament, as its leader.

Malta's Socialists eye first election win in 16 years

By Christopher Scicluna VALLETTA, March 4 (Reuters) - Malta's opposition Socialists appear set for their first election victory in more than 16 years on Saturday, capitalising on popular anger at ministerial pay rises, high power prices and an oil kickbacks scandal. The ruling Nationalist Party took the Mediterranean island into the European Union in 2004 and says it deserves to be re-elected for making Malta the second-best performing euro zone economy.

Malta opposition eyes return to power

Malta's opposition leader Joseph Muscat sought to consolidate his advantage Sunday over embattled Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi a week before the tiny Mediterranean island holds elections. Gonzi's Nationalist Party (PN) has ruled Malta since 1987, except for a 22-month stint in the 1990s, but Muscat's Labour Party (PL) is leading by 12 percentage points in the latest polls -- though many of the country's 332,000 voters remain undecided or have shunned pollsters' questions.

Malta parties fight 'tablet war' as election nears

* Smallest euro zone state goes to polls on March 9 * Both parties promise to give tablet computers to pupils * Opposition Labour leading in opinion polls By Chris Scicluna VALLETTA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Parties running for election in Malta launched a 'tablet war' on Thursday, issuing rival promises to hand out iPad-style computers to school children if elected next month.
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