• Short Summary

    The people of Malta go to the polls next Friday and Saturday (17 and 18 September), and it is expected that the election will produce a close result between the ruling Labour Party and the opposition Nationalist Party.

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    The people of Malta go to the polls next Friday and Saturday (17 and 18 September), and it is expected that the election will produce a close result between the ruling Labour Party and the opposition Nationalist Party.

    SYNOPSIS: The Labour Party, led by Prime Minister, Dom Mintoff, ended nine years of Nationalist rule when they won a one-seat majority in the 1971 elections. This year, foreign and defence policies have emerged as major campaign issues. But whichever party wins, the future of the British military bases on the island seems strictly limited. Both sides say they will not renew the current leasing agreement, which expires in March 1979.

    Mr. Mintoff's Government has been seeking to strengthen relations with Malta's Arab neighbours, among them Libya, led by Colonel Moammar Gaddafi. The Libyans have already established a cultural centre in Valetta, and Colonel Gaddafi has promised economic support for Malta when the agreement over the British bases ends in 3 years time.

    On Sunday the Prime Minister, Mr. Mintoff, addressed a mass rally at Lija. His Labour Party has 89 candidates in the election, while the Nationalists, led by Dr. George Borg Oliver, has 80. The Labour Party's platform envisages guarantees of economic support and territorial integrity from any friendly nations that will respect Malta's desire to remain non-aligned from the major power blocs.

    This would probably mean the end of Malta's participation in NATO. The Nationalist Party is following a similar line as regards the relationship with NATO. Dr. Borg Oliver, who addressed an election rally on Saturday at Qormi, has been concentrating on domestic issues during the campaign. But his party is also opposed to the presence in Malta of any foreign military bases.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9EUMBB1WQZ53HTCL0SZR2NGZO
    Media URN:
    VLVA9EUMBB1WQZ53HTCL0SZR2NGZO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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