Addressing thousands of supporters at Floriana Granaries late Sunday afternoon, newly elected Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat said that the day of change had just dawned upon Malta.
PM Muscat pledged that a new government would be true to its promise of a movement for all Maltese and Gozitans. He said that this was not a day in which Malta will take down a blue flag and replace it with a red one, but that the blue flag will only be replaced by a red and white flag.
Dr Muscat said that the election outcome was the clearest message the people had given since Independence. “This burdens us with a greater responsibility, a responsibility which we are ready to accept.”
The PM added that his party was humbled by the outcome, and that he was aware that the faith the Maltese people had shown in him was simply borrowed. They had shown faith because they wanted a government for all, and not only for half the population.
In an appeal to Labour supporters, Dr Muscat asked them to “give the hand of friendship” to everyone, even those who might not have shown their support up to this point.
“This week we will start working as a government, and next Friday evening we will gather here once again to let the world know that Malta belongs to us all”, PM Muscat said amid thunderous applause.