Election: Malta to vote on March 26th – PM Abela / Malta News Briefing – Sunday 20 February 2022

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News Update

Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that Malta will be going to the polls on March 26th. The announcement came during a rally organised by the Labour Party in Floriana. Later in the day the prime minister has formally asked the president to dissolve parliament.

The Labour Party will be holding a rally in Qormi on Monday evening to kickstart its campaign.  The PN will be organising a mass rally outside their headquarters in Pieta at 6 pm. Opinion polls show the Labour Party heading towards another comfortable electoral victory thus securing a third term in office.

The Labour Party’s election slogan will be ‘Malta Flimkien’ (Malta Together’).

The PN also announced its election slogan: ‘Miegħek. Ghal Malta’ (With you. For Malta).

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PN Rally

A new Nationalist government will invest €1 billion to create 10 new economic sectors to help the Maltese economy, Opposition leader Bernard Grech announced on Sunday evening. Grech was making his first promise during the official electoral campaign when speaking to hundreds of supporters who gathered in front of the party’s headquarters on Sunday evening. Times of Malta

PL Press Conference

A Labour government would be giving young couples buying their first home €1,000 each year for the first 10 years of their purchase, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced on Sunday evening Abela announced five electoral proposals while addressing a party press conference at the Rialto in Bormla. The PM also said a Labour led government would be investing €700 million in new green spaces across the country. Abela said the emphasis will be on village cores. Malta Today

Covid-19 Update

Two men died while positive with COVID-19 overnight as health authorities detected 77 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The victims were aged 70 and 87. The death toll has now reached 596.

Morning Briefing

All eyes on PM for Election announcement

The Times of Malta reports that all eyes will be on Prime Minister Robert Abela on Sunday as he is widely expected to call a general election.  Government and Labour Party sources on Saturday said that everything pointed to Abela announcing a March 26 election when he addresses the party faithful at a gathering planned for the Floriana granaries.  “All the indications are that he will announce it Sunday and dissolve parliament on Monday,” a senior party source said. The prime minister will make his address at around 11am. Prime Minister Robert Abela held a parliamentary group meeting on Friday which was followed by an instruction to all government ministers urging them to attend Sunday events. The message was intended at calling on incumbents to bring activists over to rallies addressed by the Prime Minister on Sunday, instead of canvassing their constituency. A similar instruction has been sent out to Nationalist Party MPs to attend gatherings addressed by Bernard Grech, according to MaltaToday

Emma Muscat to represent Malta at Eurovision

Emma Muscat will be representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest with her song Out of Sight. Emma obtained 92 points, beating Aidan with the song Ritmu and Nicole Azzopardi with the song Into the Fire to second and third place with 72 and 36 points respectively. The contest will be held in Turin, Italy, in May.Emma won the maximum 12 points from all six jury members and won the public vote with 20 points. Malta Independent

Energy demand increasing 10% yearly

Electricity demand is increasing by over 10% every year as a result of economic development and improved social conditions, Energy Minister Miriam Dalli said, while announcing an investment of 90 million euro to reinforce its electricity distribution system. Dalli explained that Enemalta is accelerating its investment action plan aimed at reinforcing the country’s electricity network. “Despite the international situation, the government has ensured a stable electricity supply and tariffs. At the same time, Enemalta is working on modernising the country’s infrastructure to meet the increase in demand,” Minister Dalli said.

Practically all Covid restrictions to go by May – DPM

Health Minister Chris Fearne said that Malta will remove “practically all” remaining COVID-19 restrictions by the beginning of May. Speaking on Labour’s party station, he said that the plan is for standing events to return between April and May, coinciding with the return of village feasts, and that an exact date will be announced between March and April. Earlier this week, the DPM also announced reduction in the applicable quarantine days, as cases dropped down below 1,000.

Covid-19 Update

Health authorities reported 72 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. There are currently 898 active cases in the country, with 162 patients having recovered overnight. Four people remain in ITU.

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