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Joseph Muscat to be sworn in as Maltese Prime Minister


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Joseph Muscat to be sworn in as Maltese Prime Minister

Joseph Muscat is being sworn in as Prime Minister of Malta for a second term after winning a snap election he called amid allegations of corruption levelled against his wife and some political allies.

Officials involved in tallying the ballot say the 43-year-old won an absolute majority in the 65-seat parliament, with 55 percent of the vote.

Supporters of Muscat and the ruling Labour Party gathered on the streets of the Mediterranean island to celebrate the victory.

Some 92 percent of the 342,000-strong electorate turned out to vote, according to the electoral commission. Chief of the opposition Nationalist Party, Simon Busuttil, conceded defeat on Sunday morning.

The Labour Party had been expected to win by around five percentage points

About 92 percent of the island’s 342,000 eligible voters cast a ballot, the electoral commission said.

The new government will have a five-year mandate.

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