Cyrus Engerer has confirmed that he will contest in the upcoming casual election for Miriam Dalli’s MEP seat.
Engerer started his political career within the Nationalist Party, serving as the party’s deputy mayor in Sliema before switching the Labour Party amid 2011’s divorce referendum.
He was one of the favourites to get elected as an MEP in the 2014 European Election. However, he stepped aside after he was handed a suspended sentence in a revenge porn case.
Engerer was appointed as former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s special envoy in Brussels, stepping down in May 2018.
He will likely win the casual election. In 2019, Engerer inherited 2,200 votes from Dalli, the most out of any of the remaining candidates eligible to contest.
Donkey-voting would also work in his favour. By sheer alphabetical supremacy, Engerer’s name is directly below Dalli’s on the ballot sheet.
Dalli will be leaving the European Parliament to take up a spot in Malta’s parliament. She is expected to command a key ministerial position.
The date for the casual election is yet to be determined. Felix Busuttil, Josef Caruana, James Grech, Joseph Sammut, and Lorna Vassallo are Engerer’s greatest challengers for the role.
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