Cyrus Engerer will become Malta’s sixth Member of the European Parliament after being elected to the seat vacated by Miriam Dalli.
Engerer was elected to the role following a casual election in which six other candidates expressed interest for the role including Robert Micallef, Lorna Vassallo, Mary Gauci, Felix Busuttil Galea, Josef Caruana and James Grech.
The labour politician received a total of 32,918 votes in the election and will replace Dalli who resigned from the role to be co-opted to Maltese Parliament.
Engerer was the frontrunner leading up to the casual election. In 2019, Engerer inherited 2,200 votes from Dalli, the most out of any of the remaining candidates eligible to contest.
Engerer started his political career within the Nationalist Party, serving as the party’s deputy mayor in Sliema before switching to the Labour Party amidst 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.
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