Robert Abela will be sworn in as Prime Minister this morning at the President’s Palace in Valletta, after the Labour Party took home a record-breaking victory, beating out the Nationalist Party by 39,474 votes.

Estimates released at midnight placed Labour with a 55.1 per cent majority, Nationalist Party (PN) at 41.7 percent, and smaller parties at 3.2 per cent, translating into a 39,474 majority of votes over the PN.

The results therefore mean that the PL is expected to have an 11-seat Parliamentary majority.

Due to lower voter turnout, at 85.5 per cent, both parties actually lost votes compared to 2017, with the PL losing 8,269 votes compared to the PN’s loss of 12,463 votes.

Naxxar Counting Hall / Moment Labour Party victory is announced / DOI Photo – Omar Camileri

On Sunday, Opposition Leader Bernard Grech conceded defeat and congratulated Dr Abela on his victory, while Labour supporters filled Malta’s streets to celebrate their big win.

Car horns, flares, shouting and singing could be heard across the island, with Sliema, Hamrun and Naxxar being notable hot-spots.

This morning at 11am, Dr Abela will be sworn in as Prime Minister, making him the 14th Prime Minister of Malta and the 14th legislature since independence.

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