“From tomorrow I will work to see that we remain with our feet firmly on the ground and the Government remains of the people” – PM
In the course of a victory rally, Prime Minister and Labour leader Joseph Muscat, whilst revising upwards the Labour Party’s advantage in the election, extended the hand of friendship for the Government to work also with the two Nationalist Euro Parliamentarians who will be elected.
Addressing a crowd of thousands of Labour supporters gathered in front of the National Labour Centre in Hamrun, the Prime Minister insisted that this was a moment for national unity. Dr Muscat added that the Labour Party’s victory was even bigger than had been indicated earlier in the morning.
Dr Muscat declared that “together, we have obtained, up to now, 55% of the vote and a majority, at this point, of 48,000 votes. All this has been achieved as a result of the unity we have fostered, and which has to remain the central point of this movement.”
The Prime Minister said this, the biggest result in the country’s history, places a much heavier burden on the Government, which wants to remain of the people and with the people.
“With effect from tomorrow morning, my work will be to ensure that myself, Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries as well as MPs will all remain with our feet on the ground, and will not become big-headed.”
The Prime Minister confirmed that the Labour Party would win four seats in the European Parliament, adding that the Maltese and Gozitans did not want anyone going abroad to work against Malta.
“For this reason, I augur wholeheartedly that the four Euro Parliamentarians who will be elected on behalf of the Labour Party will immediately start working with a will in favour of Malta and Europe.”
Dr Muscat appealed to the two Nationalist MPs to likewise work in Malta’s favour.
“My appeal also goes to the two members who will be elected on behalf of the Naitonalist Party. These are Maltese just like us, and now is the time to turn the page; from here, I am telling these members who will be elected on behalf of the Nationalist Party that we are prepared to work with you; be prepared and work with us as well.”
Dr Muscat appealed to Labour supporters to extend their hand to others at this moment, as this is a movement of unity rather than division.
The rally was the highlight of celebrations by Labour supporters in the main streets as soon as the Prime Minister this morning confirmed the Labour Party’s comfortable victory.