Malta. According to
Countryaah, new elections were held on September 5, three
years before the term of office expired. The ruling Labor
Party (Malta Labor Party, MLP) had then lost its scarce
majority in the House of Representatives since former Prime
Minister Dom Mintoff resigned in protest of planned
financial austerity. The election became a scarce victory
for the Nationalist Party (Partit Nazzjonalista, PN), which
received 35 seats compared to 30 for the Labor Party. The
turnout was 95.4%. New Prime Minister was Fenech Adami, who
replaced the Labor Party's Alfred Sant. The Nationalist
Party's electoral victory meant that Malta restarted efforts
to become an EU member.
In the June 2017 parliamentary elections, the Labor Party
fell 2 seats to 37. However, it still provided a comfortable
majority in the 65-seat parliament.
In July 2017, Malta legalized same-sex marriage.