The Malta Independent 14 April 2024, Sunday
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Prime Minister Muscat appeals for unity after ‘most negative campaign in Maltese history’

Helena Grech Sunday, 4 June 2017, 15:20 Last update: about 8 years ago

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, while addressing the massive crowd outside the Labour Party (PL) headquarters, called for unity after “the most divisive and negative electoral campaign in Malta’s history”.

“Malta belongs to us all, and Maltese have chosen the best time for this country”, he said to loud applause. This was a play on words from the PL’s electoral slogan for the 2013 elections as well as this one [Malta tghana llkol ghazel laqwa zmien ta pajjizna]

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“I am so proud to be Maltese, thank you! Thank you for this show confidence by thousands of Maltese and Gozitans.

“Thank you for the thousands who confirmed the 2013 electoral victory today.”

The PL has won the general election by a rough majority of about 34,000 votes. Four years ago, it had won the election by 36,000 votes. Both victories are the highest ever majorities won by a political party in Malta’s history.

“You confirmed the faith in this movement, despite one of the most negative campaigns in the history of Malta. Whoever thought that Malta and Gozo is going to choose negativity, does not know the country.

“Maltese and Gozitans choose positivity, positive energy, equality and good faith. I am so proud that the results we have managed, this is the first time in 41 years that the PL won two elections consecutively.

“Both elections were won by the two biggest majorities in Malta’s history. Our work is not ready we are halfway, and you have chosen for Malta to continue ahead.

“We must help each other to unite the country. We are not going to be bitter, we appeal for every one of you, in the coming days, to help work with anybody that wants to see Malta improve.

“This historical victory shows us that Malta comes before everything. This is why we have a lot of work to do, that we will carry out with pride, I will serve as Prime Minister with honour. I invite you to celebrate with me for my swearing in ceremony tomorrow morning at 11. After that, we will deliver the message that Malta will continue to grow and improve.

“The best time is yet to come”.

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