Malta. According to Countryaah, the capital of Malta is Valletta. 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.
New restrictions are introduced against the pandemic
The government is introducing new injunctions after doctors warned that health care risks collapsing if the spread of the coronavirus is not brought under control. Mouthguards will now also be worn outdoors, all bars will be closed for five weeks and the limit for how many people may gather at an event is set to six. Restaurants may continue to be open with certain restrictions. Anyone who breaks the rules risks a fine of 200 euros.
The EU wants to stop the sale of passports
The European Commission is launching a legal process against Malta and Cyprus to persuade the countries to end the systems that enable wealthy foreigners to obtain citizenship in exchange for large investments. Citizenship gives the buyer the right to work and live throughout the EU. According to a spokesman for the Commission, such agreements are in breach of EU rules. The countries now have two months to respond to the matter. If they do not comply with the EU’s wishes, they could be fined. Prime Minister Robert Abela says in a comment that Malta is about to abolish the system, but at the same time points out that the sale of citizenship has given the state a stronger economy.