Joseph Muscat: Malta's 13th prime minister

Joseph Muscat was sworn in at the Palace this morning, as the 2018 cultural capital city of Europe Valletta was jampacked with crowds of elated people waving flags and cheering the new elected prime minister,  the second youngest since 1921.

People have been flocking in to Valletta as early as 08.00h to celebrate the "landslide victory" of the Labour Party.  Despite the grey weather, the mood was colourful.

In a historic victory, the Labour Party has won the general elections with a majority of over 37,000 votes. Dr. Muscat achieved a record of 26,000 first count votes.

Celebrations will take place in the capital city of Valletta as hordes of people are expected to continue to party the Labour's victory, after 15 years in opposition.

St. George's Square was jam-packed with supporters to cheer Dr. Muscat. He appeared in the balcony joined by his wife Michelle Muscat and twin daughters Etoile and Soleil together with his parents and in-laws. President George Abela and his wife flanked the young prime minister waved the jubilant people below.

Speaking at the Palace, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said: "We will work with the Opposition and all those who disagree with us but want to work with us".

The cabinet will be formed as soon as the counting of votes is confirmed, Dr. Muscat said.

The new elected Prime Minister said he feels humbled by his new role and pledged responsibility.

"The electorate voted for a new wave of politics," Dr. Muscat told journalists.

He then proceeded to meet the civil servants at the Office of the Prime Minister, Auberge de Castille and hold the first meeting as a prime minister.

Dr. Joseph Muscat was born in Pietà on 22 January 1974. He received his formal education at the Government Primary School in St. Paul’s Bay, Stella Maris and St. Aloysius’ College.

He graduated with Honours from the University of Malta in Public Policy and later as Master of European Studies. In 2007 he attained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management Research from the University of Bristol (UK).

From 1992-1997 he was a journalist and eventually Assistant Head of news with a national private radio station. He was elected member to the National Executive of the Partit Laburista at the age of 21 and later nominated as Education Secretary of the Party. From 1997 to 1998 he was a member of the National Commission for Fiscal Morality.

Dr. Muscat was also a market intelligence manager and investment adviser. He successfully contested the first European Parliamentary elections in Malta in 2004. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Person of the Year. In 2008 he was elected as the Leader of the Partit Laburista.

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Comments (11)

VEB

- Tue 12-Mar-2013, 13:42

WARA 25 SENA TA CPAR FUQ IL- GZEJJER MALTIN. NHAR IL-HADD TELGHET IX-XEMX FUQ L-ART TAL-MALTIN.IX-XEMX LI SE TFEJJAQ LIL KULLHADD.GRAZZI LIL DAWK KOLLHA LI VUTTAW GHAL DIN IL -BIDLA KBIRA.GRAZZI JOSEPH TA KOLLOX.

Gaeta Muscat

- Tue 12-Mar-2013, 10:02

Prosit u Grazzi Dr Muscat tal-hidma kbira tieghek.

Mark Cassar

- Mon 11-Mar-2013, 21:29

Sposa bagnata......Prosit u Auguri lill-Maltin u Ghawdxin kollha.
Grazzi Joseph.

Anthony Micallef

- Mon 11-Mar-2013, 21:27

Prosit Dr J Muscat.Prosit poplu Malti u Ghawdxi.Viva Malta ta Kulhadd Dejjem

Joseph Buttigieg

- Mon 11-Mar-2013, 17:20

Wishing Dr.Muscat all the best. This is a new exciting era for us Maltese people.

Cricchiola

- Mon 11-Mar-2013, 16:18

Prosit tassew Dr joseph muscat,Malta warajk viva Labour

PLUS 1

- Mon 11-Mar-2013, 16:15

Dal-ghodu jien dhalt il belt biex niccelebra mal- maltin biex niehu sehem nara lill-Prim Ministru jiehu il-gurament.Nixtieq insemmi lkoll li Dr.Joseph Muscat gab voti No1: kwazi daqs Lawrence Gonzi u Simon Busittil fdaqa.Il-Prim Ministru gab 26170 fuq zewg distretti u Lawrence u Simon it tnejn f'daqqa gabu 26316.

raymond mallia

- Mon 11-Mar-2013, 15:40

i always belived in him .

Rennie De Giorgio

- Mon 11-Mar-2013, 14:19

Grazzi u Prosit Dr Muscat.

CatherineCorder

- Mon 11-Mar-2013, 13:40

Congratulation to all the Maltese people. Wishing Dr Joseph Muscat and his family all the best. The maltese people needed a good leader.

Glorfindel

- Mon 11-Mar-2013, 11:30

What a wonderful picture to see Joseph with his wife and two daughters going down the street to be sworn in!

Thank you Joseph for showing us it is possible to do politics differently in Malta! Thank you for your enthusiasm and mature leadership! Thank you for the vision you have spread that Malta Taghna Lkoll!

My most sincere wishes for you and your family! It will not be an easy ride because expectations are high, however I hope everyone will also give you a fair chance and work alongside with you for the best of the country! May you persevere and remain strong! We need you more than ever!!!