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With 55 per cent of the vote, the Labour Party led by Joseph Muscat has won a clear victory in the general election held on March 10, which was marked by a 93.1 per cent turnout. Muscat, age 39, is to be sworn in on March 11.

Scoring 44 per cent of the vote, the Nationalist Party, which has held power for 23 of the last 25 years, delivered its worst ever performance since the archipelago gained independence in 1964.

According to the daily, outgoing Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi has paid the price for his autocratic management of the government, corruption scandals, and of parting ways “with the man who had challenged him for the [party] leadership, [former European Commissioner] John Dalli.”