25 years ago - The Times

Monday, May 16, 1994

PN wins 48.3 per cent of votes

In the last round of local council elections the Nationalist Party won a majority of seats in seven of the 11 localities. It polled 48.3 per cent of the first count votes to elect 35 of the 65 councillors for Qormi, Attard, Floriana, Għargħur, Marsaxlokk, Swieqi, Żebbuġ (Malta), Kerċem, San Lawrenz, Qala and Munxar.

Independent candidates, together with those from local associations and clubs, jointly polled a marginally higher vote of 48.6 per cent to elect 28 candidates. The remaining 3.1 per cent went to Alternattiva Demokratika which elected a candidate in Swieqi and another in Attard.

PN leader Eddie Fenech Adami told a press conference yesterday his party had obtained 200 of a total of 425 seats and held a majority of seats in 32 of the 67 local councils. Yet if the PN also took into account those councillors who were its members or who supported its policies, it could be said that it held a majority in 45 councils. “MLP independents,” Dr Fenech Adami said, “held a majority in 22 councils.”

The Labour Party in a statement interpreted the results differently. It said independent candidates had polled 53 per cent, PN 44 per cent and AD three per cent. The results show that voters of every political opinion did not want political parties to take part in local council elections, the MLP said.

Half a century ago - Times of Malta

Friday, May 16, 1969

Borg Olivier holds financial aid talks in London

British aid for Malta over the next five years was discussed at a meeting in London yesterday between the island’s Prime Minister Dr Borg Olivier and Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary Mr Michael Stewart.

The talks concern the proportion of grants and loans to be provided by Britain in the second half of a ten-year £50 million financial agreement signed in 1964. The sum of about £23 million is understood to be involved in the current discussions.

Down to the sea in car-loads

It is not a swallow that heralds the summer in Malta – It is Ascension Day, or ‘Lapsi’ as the people know it. And if confirmation of this were needed, yesterday proved it. In glorious weather, blue skies with little wind and a temperature well in the eighties, thousands took their first dip in the sea for 1969.

The beaches were crowded. There were numerous family groups and parties of young men and women, swimming or sunbathing or just enjoying the day out.

They were joined by many tourists, some from the Gripholm, which brought 500 of them for a few hours stay.


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