Muscat has also addressed a jam-packed granaries in Floriana shortly after 18:00hrs CET, he said today is the day where Malta will truly become ‘everybody’s’. Muscat said “a result such as this, where no government of any party has ever received such a clear mandate, lays a great responsibility before us, which we accept. We are humbled at this result.”
The newly elected Prime Minister said a PL government will not be a government for just half the country, but everybody’s government.
Addessing the crowd at PL headquarters at around 17:00hrs CET PL leader Joseph Muscat said “The sun has not risen for half of Malta, but for Malta as a whole, both for those who voted for change as well as our fellow Maltese who did not.” Adding that this is ‘Malta Taghna Lkoll’ and not Malta for the victors.
He remarked that this is the strongest mandate given by the people to a government since independence; the mandate was so strong that it humbled him, he added.
Later today Dr Muscat will also address the packed granaries in Floriana.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission has congratulated Dr Joseph Muscat for the electoral success obtained in the Maltese elections, adding; “Dr Joseph Muscat can count on the continued commitment of the European Commission to work side by side with Malta and to overcome the challenges we face together as a Union.”
PN leader and outgoing Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi has also visited Naxxar counting hall.
Pl Leader Joseph Muscat, newly elected Maltese Prime Minister, has visited the Naxxar Counting hall, cheered by supporters chanting “Taghna ilkoll”.
Labour leader Joseph Muscat said he would convene parliament as soon as possible to approve the Budget by April, furthermore he will also attend next week’s EU summit as the Maltese Prime Minister.
Muscat said Labour would govern as a movement working together with the opposition and all the Maltese public. The new government’s priorities are the energy plan and the reconvening of parliament as soon as possible.
He thanked Lawrence Gonzi for the work he has done for the country.
Addessing a Press conference at the PN headquarters in Pieta outgoing Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi thanked the people for exercising their right to vote, he also reconfirmed the clear PL victory and reconfirmed that PN will continue to strive for the best of country in its new role as the opposing party. He added he respects any voter irrelevant of what vote they casted. Again he thanked all the volunteers who worked hard for the party.
He congratulated the Labour Party and its leader Joseph Muscat adding that he deserves respect and recognition as the person who has to lead the country in the challenges which it faces in the coming years.
Lawrence Gonzi thanked all those who showed their trust in the Nationalist Party, and beared full responsibility of the clear-cut loss, now PN will start a process of re-examination and renewal in the party eventually this will include a choice of a new party leader to assure a strong future for the party. Lawrence Gonzi confirmed he will not candidate himself for the role of PN leader.
In his first comments Labour Leader Joseph Muscat said he will lead the country as a movement, following suite their campaign which revolved around the idea of an inclusive movement. Lawrence Gonzi said the Nationalist Party was now chosen to serve from the opposition’s benches, PN sent out messages signed from Lawrence Gonzi saying; “This is the democracy we firmly believe in. And in democracy, it’s always the people who win.
In the meantime large crowd is gathering in front of the Labour headquarters in Hamrun.
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