Malta usually holds a general election once every five years. However, the incumbent Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called a snap general election, a year before his term ends, in response to allegations of corruption against several government officials following the Panama Papers revelations in 2015. An official inquiry is in progress.
For the first time since it launched, the Global Vote has produced a tie between two candidates: Joseph Muscat (Labour, the incumbent Prime Minister) and Arnold Cassola (Democratic Alternative, Malta's Green party). This suggests that Global Voters would prefer Malta to be represented by a coalition.
Joseph Muscat has won the official election; the runner-up was Simon Busuttil. A voter turnout of 92.07% was reported, Malta's lowest turnout figure since 1966.
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