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Malta PM calls snap election

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By Euronews
Malta PM calls snap election

<p>Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has called a snap general election for June 3, a year before the end of his term. </p> <p>The move comes after opposition parties demanded his resignation following allegations that his wife owns an offshore company in Panama. </p> <p>Both deny any wrongdoing with Muscat declaring earlier he had nothing to fear because truth is on his side.</p> <p>The scandal erupted after a prominent blogger accused the Maltese premier’s wife of improper business dealings based on the leaked Panama Papers. An inquiry has been launched. </p> <p>Earlier on Monday Muscat said he would ask the president to dissolve parliament. The Mediterranean island nation currently holds the rotating EU presidency</p> <p>The Maltese leader was elected with a big majority in 2013. <br /> Buoyed by strong economic growth, including record low unemployment, Muscat’s ruling Labour party currently leads the opposition Nationalist Party by around 4 percentage points in the opinion polls.</p>