Prime Minister Joseph Muscat sounded an appeal for national unity in a victory speech held moments after the Labour Party won the European Parliament election by a historic margin.
“We have won more than 55% of the vote so far, majority of at least 48,000 votes,” Muscat told a rally outside the PL headquarters. “We achieved this thanks to the unity we sowed, the unity that must remain the central point f this movement. The Maltese people rose up and said they don’t want people to go overseas and try and work against our country.”
After confirming that the PL will win its fourth seat at the European Parliament at the expense of the PN, the Prime Minister sounded a message to the two MEPs who will be elected on the PN ticket.
Labour supporters started booing the PN MEPs as soon as Muscat mentioned them, but the Prime Minister shot them down.
“Don’t boo, they’re Maltese just like we are,” he said. “Now is the time for us to turn a page. We are willing to work with those two MEPs and I ask them whether they are willing to work with us too.”
Muscat urged his supporters not to let the victory get too their heads, insetting that his Cabinet and MPs will keep their feet on the ground and remain close to the people.