Malta’s Labour party is returning to power after 15 years in opposition, with a projected win of 55% of the vote in the eurozone state’s election.
Party leader Joseph Muscat claimed a “landslide victory” for his party, with the outgoing Nationalist Party expected to take 43% of the ballots.
Unlike other eurozone states, Malta has prospered in recent years, and the economy did not dominate the campaign.
The Nationalists fell in December after losing their one-seat majority.
Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi had been in office for just under a decade.
Mr Muscat, 39, made change the big theme of his campaign.
His main electoral pledge was to reduce electricity prices – believed to be among the highest in the world – by 25%.
He also promised to do more to tackle corruption.