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Malta held its general election in March 2013. The result was a surprise to both parties. The Partit Laburista came out victorious with a total of 167,533 first count votes, surpassing the Partit Nazzjonalista (Nationalist Party- PN) by more than 35,000 votes – the largest gap since Malta gained its Independence in 1964. The Partit Laburista (Labour Party - PL) lead by Joseph Muscat – for whom this was the first election as party leader - won a total of 39 seats, comfortably ahead of the PN headed up by the incumbent – now former – Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, with 26 seats. Under Malta’s system of proportional representation, which includes the so called casual election process – under which there is a re-count of votes where the difference in seats does not mirror the number of  votes actually cast - Malta’s Electoral Commission awarded an additional four seats to the PN making sure the number of seats is proportional to the number of first count votes gained.

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Key Facts

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Key Facts
Official name: Republic of Malta
Head of State: President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca (from 4 April 2014)
Head of government: Prime Minister Joseph Muscat (from 9 Mar 2013)
Ruling party: Partit Laburista (PL) (Labour Party) (from 9 Mar 2013)
Area: 316 square km
Population: 425,000 (2014)*
Capital: Valletta
Official language: Malti (Maltese) and English
Currency: Euro (€) = 100 cents (from 1 Jan 2008; previous currency Maltese lira, locked at Ml0.43 per euro)
Exchange rate: €0.89 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$24,876 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 3.55% (2014)*
GDP: US$10.58 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 191,000 (2014)*
Unemployment: 5.89% (2014)*
Inflation: 0.77% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$1.45 billion (2014)
* estimated figure

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