Malta’s Muscat wins snap election

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Series Details 04.06.17
Publication Date 04/06/2017
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This early election was called following the implication of Mr Muscat's wife in one of a series of alleged corruption cases, connected to the release of the Panama Papers. The outcome of the election was seen as a confirmation that voters trust the Labour Party leader despite the allegations.

Analysts considered the victory to have been connected to the good performance of Malta's economy, together with an historically low level of unemployment. Mr Muscat was also said to have been supported by the 'gay vote', following the introduction of civil unions for same-sex couples and other anti-discrimination measures.

Malta's Labour Party, lead by incumbent Prime Minister Joseph Muscat won the snap legislative election held in the country on 3 June 2017.

It was the first time the party won back-to-back elections since Malta's independence.

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