Thursday 14 December 2017

Malta's PM sworn in with pledge to introduce gay marriage law

Joseph Muscat was re-elected as PM on Saturday (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Joseph Muscat was re-elected as PM on Saturday (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

Joseph Muscat has been sworn in for a second term as Malta's prime minister, pledging to introduce gay marriage as law when parliament convenes in the next few weeks.

Official results show his Labour Party won 55% of the vote on Saturday to the opposition National Force coalition's 44%, the same margin as his first victory in 2013.

Mr Muscat called the snap election a year early to consolidate his government after the Panama Papers leak indicated his wife owned an offshore company. They deny wrongdoing.

The Panama Papers exposed identities of the rich and powerful around the world with offshore holdings in Panama, also including Mr Muscat's energy minister - who was re-elected in Saturday's election - and chief of staff.

Socially conservative Malta introduced civil unions in 2014.

Press Association

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