Labour Party wins control of Valletta council

The Labour Party has won control of the Valletta local council for the first time since the council system was introduced in Malta 25 years ago.

Labour candidate and former TV presenter Alfred Zammit was elected mayor on Wednesday evening. The local council election took place last Saturday in parallel with the European Parliament elections.

Zammit was elected after a hard-fought battle with Labour councillor Ray Azzopardi, who will be deputy mayor.

This is the first time all local council elections in the country have been held at the same time. The Labour Party is expected to beat the opposition parties by a greater margin than its 17.4-point victory in the European Parliament elections.

In 2013, the Nationalist Party won the Valletta local council by a majority of 51.6 percent to the Labour Party’s 48.4 percent.

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