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12/03/2012 - 21:14

Malta news: PL majority

Malta news: PL majority - Local Council elections: PL majority as PN registers losses - Libya and its neighbours to cooperate on immigration - A Lockerbie nightmare that keeps coming back.



Malta news: PL majority
Local Council elections: PL majority as PN registers losses
As the PN lost a staggering 11,500 votes in Saturday’s local council elections and lost its majority in St Paul’s Bay, Safi and Qala, the Labour Party won the overall majority (about 55%), but only gained 150 votes. Alternattiva Demokratika elected two of its 10 candidates, and obtained about 4.5% of the vote overall. The lowest turnout ever – 59.2% – was registered in this year’s elections. The 35 localities that held elections had last held elections in 2007 and 2008, and a collective 74% turnout had been registered in those two contests. The relatively high 86% turnout for the 2008 elections however, was inevitably affected by the fact that a general election was held on the same day. The Mosta counting process was the most long drawn out since the PL had just 14 more first-preference votes than the Nationalist Party. In the end, the Nationalist Party won with a slim majority.(independent.com.mt) It's sad to see a turnout as low.

Libya and its neighbours to cooperate on immigration
Libya and its neighbours have agreed to cooperate on issues of regional security, including illegal immigration, interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib said today. "We have adopted the Tripoli action plan on regional cooperation and border control," Kib told reporters in Tripoli at the end of a two-day regional conference on border security. The agreement aims to reinforce bilateral and regional relations to combat organised crime, including drug and arms trafficking, terrorism and illegal immigration, Kib said. In the short term, it prioritises the exchange of intelligence on all regional security threats, a joint analysis of the root causes behind illegal immigration, and the implementation of mechanisms for coordinated action. The conference brought together ministers and security experts from Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia, with the aim of enhancing cooperation.(timesofmalta.com) This shows that Libya is progressing despite the onset of civil war.

A Lockerbie nightmare that keeps coming back
Lockerbie is a nightmare Dennis Vella wants to forget but, more than two decades after Pan Am flight 103 blew up over the Scottish town, the bad dream keeps resurfacing. Mr Vella, 60, was a manager of the Valletta-based sales office of Libyan Arab Airlines in Malta at the time of the Lockerbie bombing. His desk was located opposite that of Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, the second Libyan man accused of the bombing but who was acquitted by an international court. Mr Vella speaks highly of Mr Fhimah. “He was a gentleman and a good office friend.” Despite being described as a computer expert by investigators, he adds, Mr Fhimah never seemed like a tech-savvy individual. “He used to ask me to input the passenger lists on the computer.” But it is the latest instalment of the Lockerbie saga involving the alleged escapades in Malta of Mr Fhimah and Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan man convicted of the bombing, that prompts Mr Vella to speak out. A news report featured by the BBC last week purported to reveal how the two Libyan men had Maltese girlfriends whom they met regularly at the now defunct Central Hotel in Mosta.(timesofmalta.com) You should never talk about a nightmare if he returns.

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